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
Comment 8 of 11, added on April 6th, 2006 at 10:31 PM.
I do agree that this isn't one of his best poems but i like it and how it's
very straightforward, at least to me anyway. It seems that Crane isn't
attacking God's existence but rather is directly attacking the christian
church or any organized religion really. he's saying that the bible, or any
other text, isn't important and neither is lighting ceremonial candles
representing the light of Christ or of God, and the leaders of the church
services are just asses for doing it and believing it all. Crane's just
trying to get across his idea that God isn't found through any of that.
Zach from United States
Comment 7 of 11, added on October 18th, 2005 at 4:00 PM.
I think Crane is saying that sometimes people put things before God and
therefore make those things their gods. Money, power, sex are all
examples. Anything that you put above God is in direct violation of the
commandment "thou shalt have no other gods before Me" and therefore a
d.k. from United States
Comment 6 of 11, added on September 21st, 2005 at 9:56 PM.
I agree with Freddie, it seemed pretty obvious that the "printed text" is
the Bible. Crane is, I believe, making a mockery of the circular logic
employed by Christians.
squarecircle from United States
Comment 5 of 11, added on May 13th, 2005 at 8:55 PM.
kent...i must say..you approached that like a complete dunce. Don't speak
about something you don't know about (which I am sad to hear)...I'm sorry
for those who don't experience the greatness of God, because He is awesome!
TMURDA from United States
Comment 4 of 11, added on April 25th, 2005 at 8:54 PM.
Well my interpretation on this poem is that Crane was not referencing God,
but rather the bible. My thoughts on it are that the printed list is the
actual text of the bible, a burning candle is the time spent writing the
work (under a candle), and the ass is well the Gospels.
FreddieNDB from United States
Comment 3 of 11, added on April 18th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.
umm....Kent, i didnt like the poem to much either, but i really dont like
the way you acknoledged God like that, if you even read the Bible, you
would know that they never had SEX, He just made it happen, so dont
criticise if you dont know the facts of what you are criticising.
Elizabeth from United States
Comment 2 of 11, added on December 6th, 2004 at 9:19 PM.
I dont think crane was tryin to say there is no god. Dont get me wrong i
totally believe in god but i think what hes trying to say is that people
get to caught up in the fact god is everywhere. which i always learned he
is and i belive it. but people come up with ideas like a sign from him is
on this tree or i saw him in my soup. i mean cmon he just trying to say
that people are tellin him look heres god when truly all its is a candle or
a list. Atleast thats my idea on this poem take it or leave it.
from United States
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