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Stephen Crane - "I have heard the sunset song of the birches,"

"I have heard the sunset song of the birches,
A white melody in the silence,
I have seen a quarrel of the pines.
At nightfall
The little grasses have rushed by me
With the wind men.
These things have I lived," quoth the maniac,
"Possessing only eyes and ears.
But you --
You don green spectacles before you look at roses."

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"I have heard the sunset song of the birches," - Comments and Information

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 7. "I have heard the sunset song of the birches,"
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1899
Poem of the Day: Nov 24 2016

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 10th, 2006 at 5:01 PM.

I also like this poem it shows that you have meaning and the you don't have to show (but you have to except)the things others tell you in my oppinion

Kara from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 29th, 2005 at 10:09 PM.

This is a beautiful poem and one of my favorite Crane poems. It is about how the "maniac", a man rejected by society, sits in nature and interprets his surroundings in his own way. He can observe nature purely through his own eyes and ears. The "you" (probably society in general) person in the poem can't even enjoy nature how it is - the person distorts it with his green spectacles and refuses to see the roses except through the distorted glasses, or viewpoint, society has given him.

GJB from United States

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