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

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Comment 10 of 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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.

Andrew from United States
Comment 1 of 30, added on December 1st, 2004 at 4:40 AM.

Although not one of Crane's best poems, i have heard far worse. Also, um,
well...he's kind of really dead, so the whole insistance of gods eternal
love and forgivness, i think, mayhaps that ship has sailed. Seriously
though, nothing against christianity, but it is a bit of a rediculous
statement to say that you know god exists, as though you could show me some
undeniable tangible proof (which, by the way, if you have i would be most
curious to see it), you no more know that god exists than i know that he
doesnt. Neither of us will ever be able to prove the other one wrong, not
until we die anyways, and, if i end up burning for all of eternity you have
my permission to say "i told you so" and then point and laugh, cause,
really, ill have bigger fish to fry at that point. Last thing, i really
really love the typo, or im assuming it was a typo. The fact that god sent
is only Sin to save us, thats tight, cause supposedly he cant sin n' stuff.
So, did he like, um...knock Marry up, they did a little horizontal mombo.
Are you saying that god had premarital sex with a "virgin" that belonged to
another man, cause if you are, that would be awesome.

Kent 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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