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Analysis and comments on In the desert by Stephen Crane

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Comment 65 of 865, added on March 16th, 2010 at 9:02 AM.
Il fatto che sia necessario

Perche non:)

tool from United States
Comment 64 of 865, 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 865, added on February 26th, 2010 at 5:07 PM.
мне кажется: неподражаемо!

в итоге: прелестно. а82ч

boniebra from United States
Comment 62 of 865, 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 865, 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?

Comment 60 of 865, 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

DeWayne Allen from United States
Comment 59 of 865, 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
Comment 58 of 865, added on May 4th, 2009 at 9:09 AM.

I'd say the pcp-tripping creature would be Eddie Dean then, if the man
asking is Roland of Gilead.
It does sound like Roland's way of talking...

Jake Chambers from Philippines
Comment 57 of 865, added on May 2nd, 2009 at 8:25 PM.

I think the heart here actually represents an item which is close, personal
and cherished. And the creature is actually a representation of men.

You see, despite the heart tasting bitter, however, he still cherishes it.
Perhaps this shows that men cherishes things which are very close to him,
even though that very thing has its flaws. The thing which I refer to could
be many things-such as material possessions, or even a person. It is
exactly like the human character. We sometimes like things very much even
though we know that particular thing has flaws or does not do good to us.
Yet we still like/love it. Simply put, we are irrational-just as how the
creature likes his heart even though it is bitter, all because he has an
attachment to it, It is something which belongs to him.

Another evidence which proves my point: The author dosen’t ask him how it
tastes like, but the author asks if it is GOOD. Hence the author assumes
that, since the heart is something which is close and personal to him, it
must taste good to him (Just like how we assume people usually cherish
things which they thing gives them pleasure). However, that is not the
case, because sometimes people cherish things which do not even benefit
them, just because they feel an attachment towards it.

Vivienne from Singapore
Comment 56 of 865, added on April 16th, 2009 at 12:58 PM.

i think the guy is trippen on pcp, which explains him eating his heart,
because pcp makes you do some crazy shit man. And the man asking about his
heart is of course Roland Deschain cossing the desert in search for the man
in black

Edgar from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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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