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Analysis and comments on Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane

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Comment 18 of 288, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:29 PM.

yeah i love excaliber and castles and stuff this poem is cool i guess and
when stephen wrote this i was like dude your high dont publish that and he
was like i have to irs funny so yee

Rueben from United States
Comment 17 of 288, added on January 5th, 2009 at 11:02 PM.

Love this poem, it depicts the truth in the Arthurian battles. We always
see the noble knight but... what happened to his sturdy steed? Not all
losses in battle are human losses and not all heroes are human heroes. The
Horse is the forgotten stone we step on to reach the castle tower. Perhaps,
thinking of this in todays terms, we could say that the horse is also a
person- an individual considered to be of lesser value than the knight.
Some of the previous comments have been absolutely immature. If you don't
understand the poem read the credible comments and THINK about it.

Fiona from Canada
Comment 16 of 288, added on October 24th, 2008 at 6:06 PM.

Thank you Furious. This poem is really deep and, if you read it with any
intelligence, you will see that it is not supporting war, that the horse is
not "on its period" and that it does have a deeper, more significant
reading. All of you who are making stupid joking comments are disrespecting
people who die in war and Stephen Crane. If you actually think what you're
saying is true...all I can say is please, learn, think.

Joe from United States
Comment 15 of 288, added on October 7th, 2008 at 1:24 AM.

I am DISGUSTED with the comments. Stephan Crane was an incredible man who
struggled with his distaste for war and institutionalized religion and
courageously managed to write beautifully about it. To the person who left
those comments: Go back to your brain-numbing hole, you pathetic little
insect. I hope you fall on something sharp.

Furious from United States
Comment 14 of 288, added on October 7th, 2008 at 1:24 AM.

I love Stephan Crane but this poem is one of my favorites! I think its
because it touches on something brutal beneath valor. And it points out the
true hero of the situation-the sacrificed horse.

Noel from United States
Comment 13 of 288, added on January 23rd, 2007 at 10:23 AM.

If I climbed to the top of a wall, I would wave to all my friends too. I
have a really big wall that separates my castle from the lowly peasant scum
that plod my fields. I love Brunei, except for the peasants that throw
plod clumps at my castle. So today i will wave again and smile--secretly
hoping to throw my clumps at them. Peasants rot!

Sultan Abihamed from Brunei Darussalam, Negara
Comment 12 of 288, added on December 12th, 2006 at 9:37 AM.

Steven Cranes iz da b0mb! I like pie. Give me pie. I ride knights fast to
get my pie. who ate my pie? I like snow. Do you like snow? My mom ate
yellow snow. Go Cranes!

Andrew Whalen from Iran
Comment 11 of 288, added on May 31st, 2006 at 9:28 PM.

I am normally not the type to post comments on a page like this, so I'll be
brief. I believe that the idioticy disgorged by the other comments is
exactly the kind of ignorance that Stephen Crane highlighted in his most
cynical poems.

These postings are an embarrassment to both Steven Crane and the literary

Katie from United States
Comment 10 of 288, added on May 31st, 2006 at 7:31 PM.

i really like your poem because i really like horses. But any way great

hillary from United States
Comment 9 of 288, added on April 20th, 2006 at 5:28 PM.

I love this poem! It reflects the passion of Arthurian times, when knights
were great men who fought for honor, their people, and their kingdom. When
Crane incorporates phrases such as "hot and reeking," "steel flickered and
gleamed," and "riot of silver lights," it's like you can really see the
bloody battle going on. Being a romantic, I love the fact that the brave
knight is doing battle in order to save the lady he loves. Isn't it amazing
how poems even as short as this, can paint such a vivid picture in the
mind's eye?

Brittany from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 8. Fast rode the knight
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: 1899
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 1806 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 21 2003

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