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

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Comment 12 of 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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
Comment 8 of 42, added on July 6th, 2005 at 3:57 PM.

This poem to me exemplifies the reality that man without God is
insiginificant and as a result Crane pens that the Universe sees no
obligation to man simply because he exists. Hence our sigificance could
never be found in the creation but in the Creator

Keron King from Trinidad and Tobago, Republic
Comment 7 of 42, added on June 14th, 2005 at 10:50 PM.

the man said:'i exist!but the fact has not created in me a sense of
obligation."i think the man is refer to the soldier,he want to take part to
the war,or he is looking for something else.

leo
Comment 6 of 42, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 5:39 PM.

Does it not make you feel a little vulnerable, as though there is noone to
look out for you, you're all alone and there's noone to fall back on?

oila from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 42, added on March 3rd, 2005 at 11:59 AM.

I like this poem it has a harsh reality to it.

Robert from United States
Comment 4 of 42, added on February 7th, 2005 at 12:08 PM.

Men shouldn't talk to the universe. That's for women.

Bweos Slnng from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 3 of 42, added on October 11th, 2004 at 8:54 PM.

Short. Simple and Profound.

Jamie Trinh from Australia

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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: 1117 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 4 2003


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