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Analysis and comments on In the desert by Stephen Crane

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Comment 68 of 848, added on August 16th, 2010 at 2:18 PM.
The Desert

I like Neil's comment #48&49. And so with that in mind here I am.
I feel the poem refers to more than just love.
The creature is within us all.
By taking in/upon us, that which is of us, be it bitter, distasteful and
awful, can we become better.
Only by facing these truths, processing by our heart these distastful
aspects of our human condition, can we learn to evolve from the creature
form to a better enlightened being.
Thats my take.
wish me luck with it.
Now back to my meal, I've a lot to consume.

Terry from Canada
Comment 67 of 848, added on August 7th, 2010 at 8:25 PM.
In the desert

I had a quick look through all the comments and didn't see one that
actually hit on the core of the poem. I am no poetry expert but, when I
first read this one, many years ago, I realised immediately what it was
about. I have had a framed copy of it on my window ledge for years - I'm
looking at it now. The poem is about LOVE! We go through it and get hurt
by it, but although it hurts we go back for more. Look at it in this way
and all the symbolism falls into place.

Neil from United Kingdom
Comment 66 of 848, added on May 26th, 2010 at 11:23 AM.
LOL

OK. SOO. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE ON YOLA ABOUT STEPHEN CRANE. PEACE

ha ha ha ha bha ha ha ha ha from United States
Comment 65 of 848, added on March 16th, 2010 at 9:02 AM.
Il fatto che sia necessario

Perche non:)


tool from United States
Comment 64 of 848, added on March 4th, 2010 at 5:44 AM.
mm... attractive )

well.. it's like I thought!

Pee Pee Teepe from United States
Comment 63 of 848, added on February 26th, 2010 at 5:07 PM.
мне кажется: неподражаемо!

в итоге: прелестно. а82ч

boniebra from United States
Comment 62 of 848, added on November 4th, 2009 at 4:13 PM.

The key to the poem is this, 'it is my heart'.

The meaning is clear: for the self-possessed, the self-owned, even a bitter
heart (the desert of mind and body, the anguish of harsh living) is better
than paradise offered or crafted by another.

Henry Quirk from United States
Comment 61 of 848, added on October 10th, 2009 at 11:10 PM.

i think that it means that when we look at ourselves often we can only
sense the worst parts, but this man's friend is content because he is
content with himself and loves even the bitter parts.

also whats with all the pessimistic comments? can't you see this is a
joyous poen?

anon
Comment 60 of 848, added on September 10th, 2009 at 1:53 AM.

The poem reminds me of a soldier after a battle. After many battles he
becomes bitter. This would be a prime example of modern day Post Tramatic
stress Syndrome. Even if you win the battle, and the war you are alone and
resentful. RESENTMENT HURTS ONLY THE RESENTFUL.

DeWayne Allen from United States
Comment 59 of 848, added on July 18th, 2009 at 8:52 PM.

I believe this poem is saying that every individual in the world is alone.
We enter alone and with nothing. We are just another type of beast on the
planet even though our egos won't allow us to admit it. We enter with all
these grand ideals, morals, and expectations because we are so nieve and
narcissistic! By going through the world with its many difficulties,
disapointments, and total strife, we eat away at ourselves by making
constant compromises and sacrifices to our ideals in order to survive!
Which is a very bitter pill to swallow, or heart & soul in this case!
Cranes bio says he was a realist, it does not get anymore real than this!
Pretty sad!
Brittany seems very confused about depression, depression isn't a choice!
Statistics say everyone at least one time in thier life will be in a state
of depression, whether they choose to admit it and seek help is another
issue, but its always best not to judge people especially about things you
have yet to experience yourself not to mention experiencing the many things
that brought that person to that point in thier life! Best wishes to
everyone for happy thoughts!

hedy from United States

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Information about In the desert

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 3. In the desert
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 28 2000


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