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Analysis and comments on In the desert by Stephen Crane

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Comment 60 of 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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 860, 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 dosenít 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 860, 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
Comment 55 of 860, added on October 31st, 2008 at 2:40 AM.

eat your heart out Stephan Crane! I'm the new Stephan Crane! A giant who
has arisen to crush you with my toaster oven!

scott from United States
Comment 54 of 860, added on March 7th, 2008 at 10:03 PM.

If someone were to ask you if you liked your heart, you'd probably answer
yes. I have a good heart, meaning you love, or are charitable. But this man
has a bitter heart because he's an outcast, in the desert, there is no life
in the desert. Deep dude. Wow. Brilliant.

Alex from United States
Comment 53 of 860, added on November 10th, 2007 at 1:48 PM.

Among all living creatures, man is the only to willingly destroy himself.
Knowing what brings self destruction - yet engages in it anyways.

Laura from United States
Comment 52 of 860, added on September 4th, 2007 at 1:27 PM.

I think the poem can be about anything we indulge in, but to me it's about
depression. It's horribly painful, but you bury yourself in it because it's
comfortable. It's who you are so you just give in to it and you'd never
change it because it's special because it's yours. It's the depths of you.
That's what I think the poem's about.

Brittany from United States
Comment 51 of 860, added on July 10th, 2007 at 4:34 AM.

Probably not the purpose of the poem, but what I recently found in it was
an explanation of human nature when it comes to love.
To love someone so much that it hurts; that it feels like you've exposed
your heart and eaten of it.
When you love someone you give them the power to hurt you, which is
bitter.
But it is also good.
Or;
"It is bitter-bitter, but I like it because it is bitter, and because it is
my heart."

Tiffany from Australia

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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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