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Analysis and comments on A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane

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Comment 29 of 39, added on June 5th, 2010 at 7:26 PM.
Gosh

This is an existentialist poem plain and simple. Stop trying to add subtext
to it! Just appreciate it for what it is.

Amanda from United States
Comment 28 of 39, added on May 18th, 2010 at 10:04 PM.
Political message

I don't think the poem is anything about religion. I think the poem is a
representation of a kind a political message. The man represents the
people, the Universe represents those in power. I think it is an
anti-welfare message. (The man believes he is entitled to certain things
while the Universe is telling him no.) A sense of obligation (again, in my
opinion) is referring to things like Universal Healthcare, garrenteed
rights and priveledges that should be earned instead. The Universe, in this
poem, recognizes that they shouldn't necessarily give in to the desires of
the man.

Christa M.C. from United States
Comment 27 of 39, added on March 30th, 2010 at 8:11 PM.

This poem is about a man, who represents mankind as a whole, contemplating
his existence. The universe represents a god-like figure. The man speaks to
say he exists, and the universe is nonchalant and uncaring about it.

Rachael from United States
Comment 26 of 39, added on March 17th, 2010 at 8:59 PM.
English 2b

does the poem talk's about fate?

i do not think so........

ERJUN from Philippines
Comment 25 of 39, added on March 7th, 2010 at 12:59 AM.

@ Bweos Slnng from Antigua and Barbuda:

"Men shouldn't talk to the universe. That's for women. "
--What do you mean by this remark?

Shay Te from Philippines
Comment 24 of 39, added on February 5th, 2010 at 3:13 AM.

I just had to comment on the atrocious speling of (nearly) all posters... I
just couldn't take you seriously.

Jon Nissen from United States
Comment 23 of 39, added on December 13th, 2009 at 5:24 AM.

FREE WILL. That's all it is, we have a choice in everything we do. We are
not obliged to do anything not even celebrate life or the universe from
whence we came. For good or bad, we make our own path in life.

zach from United States
Comment 22 of 39, added on April 10th, 2009 at 9:07 PM.

I don't know wether I'm not going into the context as much as I should. But
to me its simply saying that the universe does not revolve around man kind
and that our existance really means nothing... to the bigger picture.

Emeh from United States
Comment 21 of 39, added on December 8th, 2008 at 10:55 PM.

I beleive that Stephen Crane is writing again about his Deist philosophy
that God no longer exerts influence on the lives of humankind. It seems to
me that Crane is commenting on a common practice that he finds futile. A
man is praying to God, and Crane is supplying God's reply: "I'm not going
to do anything". While one person may believe that God has answered their
prayers, Crane would argue that the outcome was the combined result of the
natural progression of the universe, and the person's action or inaction.
Bare in mind that Crane is not anti-god, merely anti-traditional religion,
and that both points are valid because such things cannot be proven (or
have yet to be proven).

Ken from United States
Comment 20 of 39, added on December 8th, 2008 at 10:55 PM.

I beleive that Stephen Crane is writing again about his Deist philosophy
that God no longer exerts influence on the lives of humankind. It seems to
me that Crane is commenting on a common practice that he finds futile. A
man is praying to God, and Crane is supplying God's reply: "I'm not going
to do anything". While one person may believe that God has answered their
prayers, Crane would argue that the outcome was the combined result of the
natural progression of the universe, and the person's action or inaction.
Bare in mind that Crane is not anti-god, merely anti-traditional religion,
and that both points are valid because such things cannot be proven (or
have yet to be proven).

Ken from United States

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Information about A man said to the universe:

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 21. A man said to the universe:
Volume: War is Kind & Other Lines
Year: 1899
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 672 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 4 2003


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