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Analysis and comments on Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane

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Comment 13 of 313, added on December 5th, 2005 at 10:07 PM.

By way of emendation, this poem was actually published in 1895, as the
first poem in Crane's first book of poems: _The Black Riders and Other
Lines_. It was written at the request of Crane's publisher. In any case,
it's very different from the other poems in the book, which (in my opinion)
are much better. Here are several examples of what I mean:

III
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter, bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

IX
I stood upon a high place,
And saw, below, many devils
Running, leaping,
and carousing in sin.
One looked up, grinning,
And said, "Comrade! Brother!"

XXIV
I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said,
"You can never-"
"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.

XXXII
Two or three angels
Came near to the earth.
They saw a fat church.
Little black streams of people
Came and went in continually.
And the angels were puzzled
To know why the people went thus,
And why they stayed so long within.

XLII
I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
"Ah, God, take me from this place!"
A voice said, "It is no desert."
I cried, "Well, But-
The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon."
A voice said, "It is no desert."

XLIV
I was in the darkness;
I could not see my words
Nor the wishes of my heart.
Then suddenly there was a great light-
"Let me into the darkness again."

XLVI
Many red devils ran from my heart
And out upon the page,
They were so tiny
The pen could mash them.
And many struggled in the ink.
It was strange
To write in this red muck
Of things from my heart.

I'd rather not. from United States
Comment 12 of 313, added on November 18th, 2005 at 8:50 PM.

My take on this is that it's a meditation on the horrors of war, the
fierceness of it's execution, and how one side will always view their enemy
as commiting Sin.

Lee from United States
Comment 11 of 313, added on May 31st, 2005 at 2:44 PM.

this poem really reminds me of big juicy tits and people named lauren

some kid who doesnt have a lunch
Comment 10 of 313, added on April 28th, 2005 at 9:15 AM.

Crane is a well digger as well as a jeweler and this short poem is meant to
include the solid geometry of a diamond as well as the disquieting depth of
a dry well. Behold ! The glittering diamond is down there in the bottom of
the well!

Macarmuratt from Turkey
Comment 9 of 313, added on April 11th, 2005 at 10:55 PM.

I don't think Crane is specifically adressing one single event. After
reading some of his poems I think he was changed by the wars he covered. I
do think there is some reference to culutral invasion, settlers, and
pirates but I belive the underlying message is that war is horrid and no
matter the situation it can only breed sin (and evil.)

Erik from United States
Comment 8 of 313, added on April 5th, 2005 at 4:47 PM.

This is a good poem (he can do way better) but it really needs more life to
it.

Lupe H. from Mexico
Comment 7 of 313, added on March 15th, 2005 at 8:44 PM.

i think this was a really cool poem,i dont fully understand but these
comments helped me a little.thanks/
god bless u all.

micheala from United States
Comment 6 of 313, added on March 14th, 2005 at 8:21 AM.

Dont take things to literly, Dont think(I know this sounds stupid so laugh
away)Feel, poems arnt meant to mean one thing there meant to mean
diffierent things to different people. So just except that its a great poem
and dont try to change others perspective.

Not saying from United States
Comment 5 of 313, added on March 10th, 2005 at 7:19 AM.

I think It was a great poem!!!!!!!

Crystal from United States
Comment 4 of 313, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 1:53 PM.

Reece Klat is a mindless wambat with no foresight and perception

Petey from Australia

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 1. Black riders came from the sea.
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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