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

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Comment 16 of 46, 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 46, 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

Saris from United States
Comment 14 of 46, 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 46, 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!

Comment 12 of 46, 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 46, 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 46, 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 46, 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 46, 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 46, 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.


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

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