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Stephen Crane - There was a man with tongue of wood

There was a man with tongue of wood
Who essayed to sing,
And in truth it was lamentable.
But there was one who heard
The clip-clapper of this tongue of wood
And knew what the man
Wished to sing,
And with that the singer was content.

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 16. There was a man with tongue of wood
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1899
Poem of the Day: Aug 26 2000

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 24th, 2011 at 4:50 AM.

Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet aritcle. Lol thanks

Dash from Georgia, Republic of
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 26th, 2007 at 9:46 AM.

I discovered Crane's poetry my first year of teaching, and he has become my favorite poet and this is my favorite poem. It expresses the longing we all have to be known and understood, despite our "wooden" attempts at communication. If we can find just one person who understands our halting, unbeautiful song, singing becomes worthwhile.

Leisha from United States

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