Poet: Stephen Crane
You tell me this is God?
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1899
Comment 11 of 11, added on November 6th, 2012 at 11:54 AM.
When I read this poem, I get the sense that the "printed list" is referring to the actual poem, or to poems in general. You get the image of a poem written by candlelight and someone thinking that they are writing, you know, the best poem ever, a poem that is their god or something, and the reader tends to place too much importance or godliness on the poem. They accept the poem automatically as the truth. And so Crane says no, this poem is not God, it is just a list written by me, an ass, a simple guy who is not holy or special or important. So to me it seemed like an exasperated but humble sort of poem.
Haley from United States
Comment 10 of 11, added on December 6th, 2010 at 6:59 PM.
You tell me this isGod?
I think without the prose "Crane" would have written,
I tell you this is just a grocery list, a night light not the True Light, and aimless rhetoric from the pulpit. I have the thought that this is a specific place in time that "Crane" experienced.
Rick from United States
Comment 9 of 11, added on April 26th, 2006 at 1:19 PM.
just whom is crane calling an ass? godders or god? both, since they are indivisible. it is the stupidity of the concept of gods that he ridicules
Shakespeare Williams from United States
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