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Analysis and comments on The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane

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Comment 15 of 105, added on January 10th, 2008 at 10:06 AM.

Its amazing. I, as a poet myself, love his poetry. I wish I could meet him.

Comment 14 of 105, added on May 29th, 2007 at 4:17 AM.

yes, why would anypne choose sawgrass when they could choose hot coals?

Comment 13 of 105, added on May 29th, 2007 at 2:35 AM.

i realy think iys a wonderfull poem it realy makes me remember how live is
full of choice,and how aperso can controle his live through these
choices.Also aman should always rwmember that truth is painfull.

samah zeadeh from Israel
Comment 12 of 105, added on May 29th, 2007 at 2:16 AM.

I first read this poem in Elementary school, and it's always stuck with me.
I interpret it today the same way I did then, though it differs somewhat
from the other analysis here.

I believe it says that many times "walking the path of truth," that is,
telling the truth, will hurt. It may hurt others or it may hurt ourselves,
and most probably both. The wayfarer's decision to "seek other roads" is
the same as a person's decision to, say, tell a white lie when their friend
asks them a difficult question. Or to fudge a little bit on a job

Stephen Crane's poem is an allegory of life. That is, at some point every
person, or wayfarer, in life may resolve to follow the path of truth, and
feel a great deal of pride in their decision. Yet, when they eventually
identify the pain involved in ALWAYS telling the truth, they will abandon
the path in favor of easier "alternatives" (lying).

Wes from United States
Comment 11 of 105, added on May 16th, 2007 at 6:39 PM.

I dont understand the poem its too complicated

Andrew from United States
Comment 10 of 105, added on February 3rd, 2007 at 3:23 AM.

this short poem is one i like...It says to me that in life we can't live
with the truth, that we must find other ways and poetry can be one of them.

yann rolland from France
Comment 9 of 105, added on January 17th, 2006 at 3:41 PM.

yo i can dig what all yall be sayin

jose tangerine from Bulgaria
Comment 8 of 105, added on December 31st, 2005 at 12:34 PM.

I really like this poem, it reminds me of a book w/the same title - scifi,
but w/good writing.
I think that this is about how, when we see just how hard the path we wish
to take is, we tend to look for an easier route. Also, that truth, to one
degree or another, demands some suffering.

Scott from United States
Comment 7 of 105, added on December 12th, 2005 at 4:11 AM.

this poem is realy good i am doin it for my hsc this poem overall
symbolises life in that life is a journey that will force tou to make
choices.The end result of these choices will wither satify your goals or
make you a better person . we can conclude by saying that the moral of the
poem id not the end result of the journey taht matters but more how you get
their - the experinces, obstacles and how you learn from them

Veronica from Australia
Comment 6 of 105, added on November 1st, 2005 at 8:02 PM.

I have come to see it as more of a vagabond who stumbles onto the pathway
to truth and finds it ironic that he has found what many will never find
even spending there who lives looking for it and yet he wasnt even looking
for it. the wayfarer by name is an aimless wanderer and then he seeing the
thorns are knives relises that it will be painfull to reach the Truth and
seeing no other way abandens the path to Truth and goes back to what he was
before , well thats just how I have come to see it anyways.

kylan from United States

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Information about The wayfarer,

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 13. The wayfarer,
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: 1899
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 3 2007

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