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Analysis and comments on You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane

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Comment 11 of 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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
sin.


d.k. from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 10. You tell me this is God?
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: 1899
Added: Jan 31 2004
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