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Stephen Crane - To the maiden

To the maiden
The sea was blue meadow,
Alive with little froth-people
Singing.

To the sailor, wrecked,
The sea was dead grey walls
Superlative in vacancy,
Upon which nevertheless at fateful time
Was written
The grim hatred of nature.

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To the maiden - Comments and Information

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 3. To the maiden
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1899
Poem of the Day: Oct 2 2003

Comment 4 of 4, added on April 24th, 2013 at 2:01 PM.
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This is a beautiful poem Stephen Crane is a gifted poet.

Richelle from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on November 24th, 2011 at 12:05 AM.
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Alakazaam-information found, problem solved, tankhs!

Marylouise from Bolivia
Comment 2 of 4, added on July 3rd, 2005 at 7:19 PM.

The use of two separate viewpoints is cleverly used. The first stanza is the view of a maiden, a young woman whose innocence view of life is yet to be tainted, a maiden who has freedom and long life ahead. To the sailor, who has no hope of reaching shore, the ocean is a cruel tool of nature, that is gray and dreary. There is no innocence left in his view, as he is appear of Nature's hand at that fateful time.

Stephanie from United States

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