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Comment 36 of 106, added on November 17th, 2009 at 2:12 PM.
crane really does a poor job of showing his feelings toward war. he says
"do not weep, war is kind", its telling the daughter dont cry, because
losing a family member or 2, or 3 is natural in war. but then reading the
rest of the poem strickly says war is tragic, frightful, and death is a
Ryan Walters from United States
Comment 35 of 106, added on November 7th, 2009 at 5:19 PM.
Jake, my guess about the "gulped in the yellow trenches" line is that
Stephen Crane is talking about someone with an infection gasping for air.
Many soldiers would have yellow pus drained from their wounds constantly,
but eventually died from infections because the medical conditions were
Nschultz from United States
Comment 34 of 106, added on October 20th, 2009 at 5:28 PM.
This poem makes no sense. how he could be talking about war in a negative
way but mean the exact opposite? I know that metaphors and stuff do that
but this is a little extreme. he obviously is not talking about war in a
Darcy from United States
Comment 33 of 106, added on May 19th, 2009 at 2:03 PM.
I agree with many that this poem uses satire to portray war. There is
certainly nothing glorious about war. Society often ignores how gruesome
war really is. If everybody in the world was a soldier at least once in
their life then I do not think we would settle as many conflicts through
war. However, war is necisary on some occasions to defend innocent lives
and the people willing to do that should be honored for how they really
died, not honored for some sugar coated story.
Blake from United States
Comment 32 of 106, added on March 15th, 2009 at 8:31 PM.
It would make sense if he was referring to WWI because of the mustard gas
and the trenches but Crane died in 1900 and WWI started 1914 so I'm not
sure what he's referring to. Anyone?
Tyler from United States
Comment 31 of 106, added on March 4th, 2009 at 12:38 PM.
"Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind."
Is this refering to the poison gases in the trenches of WWII like "yellow
trenches" is the smoke and "Raged at his breast, gulped and died" being the
father inhailing poison smoke
from United States
Comment 30 of 106, added on February 17th, 2009 at 6:46 PM.
I read the comments for this and people are trying to say this isn't a
stark satire? The repetition alone of "War is kind" makes a mockery of war;
he gives no reason for war to be kind, rather, he gives the opposite
allowing us to see he means the opposite. Crane is taking what might be
said to a weeping widow and essentially throwing it back in their face.
"Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing"
What he has done there is an excellent use of satire for the sake of
allowing an individual to find the truth themselves. YOU point for them the
virtue of slaughter, YOU make plain to them the excellence of killing, but
if you try you'll soon find out you can't. Crane's choice of "virtue"
coupled with "slaughter" shows a contradiction that he uses to slyly convey
the fact that it's not virtuous to slaughter at all.
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing,
denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
The poem is a satire.
Frank from United States
Comment 29 of 106, added on December 29th, 2008 at 10:58 AM.
When I was a freshman in college, I took a class on interpreting poetry.
When asked the meaning of this poem, everyone in my class stated that the
author was trying to portray war in a positive light and say that it is
good. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was the only person to say
the poem was being sarcastic and the author was stating the opposite! The
teacher's response was "no one is right or wrong." wtf?
Vanessa from United States
Comment 28 of 106, added on December 8th, 2008 at 6:49 PM.
"War is Kind" is actually the first poem of Steven's book titled "War is
Kind and Other Lines", which is why several people have referenced it as a
Jake from United States
Comment 27 of 106, added on May 21st, 2008 at 9:44 AM.
This poem is great, it makes me think of today with the war going on.
Jplucky from United States
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