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

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Comment 18 of 38, added on May 15th, 2008 at 2:24 PM.

Answer me now lord for
Man is worth much more;
I Eat, I Sleep, I Prey for YOU.
We are here, listen to Our cries!-
The Universe sleep...

what do you guys think??

Callum from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 38, added on March 14th, 2008 at 11:49 PM.

A Man, with great tenacity, gave chase,
Pleading his question: "Sir, I must ask:
How might I perceive you, wholly?"
The Universe, in no grave humor,
Countered, "You may certainly try."

Thomas Beckett from United States
Comment 16 of 38, added on January 8th, 2008 at 2:54 PM.

not only is this poem proving existenilism as we are responsable for
ourselfs it also disagrees with darwin who was around at the time. the use
of determiners is very clever because A refurind to the man is indifinate
the refuring to the universe is difibate making it more imporatnt,

charlie from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 38, added on April 7th, 2006 at 12:20 PM.

There is alot written here about man's insignificance. So thats all true,
but did you notice the universe took notice of him. So the universe feels
no obligation towards the man, but the universe turned around for whatever
reason and said something. So maybe man is worthless, but you cant ignore
him.

Saris from United States
Comment 14 of 38, added on March 26th, 2006 at 10:17 PM.

"Consequently," responded the man,
"Since you are not bound by morals or reason, neither shall I be."

Nick S. from United States
Comment 13 of 38, added on March 15th, 2006 at 11:45 AM.

This is such a genius poem.It ties with the truths of man's being and sense
of presece in the universe. However, man has no sense of obligation unless
he can decide to have god as his existence or not!

Alesha
Comment 12 of 38, added on January 7th, 2006 at 7:45 AM.

The man answers,

"Who do you think you are? I exist or not is none of your business!"

KC from Canada
Comment 11 of 38, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 12:01 PM.

The way that I see this poem is that Crane is only pointing out the fact
that just because you exist does not mean that you are significant.
Everyone and everything makes up the universe and not one person is going
to be looked upon any different than the next person.

Sarah from United States
Comment 10 of 38, added on September 12th, 2005 at 7:52 AM.

The perfect poetic expression of the existentialist view of the human
condition. Chilling, yet real, with a touch of humor.

Greg Nelson from United States
Comment 9 of 38, added on August 15th, 2005 at 7:26 AM.

Actually, I believe that it could be seen that the Universe does represent
a deity -- but that the "creator" does not hold an obligation to man merely
because man exists. The universe -- including the creator and all of
creation -- is not obligated to bring meaning and purpose into man's life.

And no, I do not agree that this poem has a harsh reality to it. It may be
reality, but I believe that it is a rather invigorating reality. We do not
have to depend on ethereal things to bring us meaning into our lives. We
can BRING purpose into our own lives through the goals we create for
ourselves. I find that prospect rather exciting.

Lucie Guo 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: 155 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 4 2003


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