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Comment 15 of 90, added on March 25th, 2008 at 9:29 PM.

i think14 tounges represent a lie name it 7 tounges so it can be a holy
poem

jesus from United States
Comment 14 of 90, added on March 7th, 2008 at 3:17 PM.

a tongue often represents a language. I believe this is a world reference,
the world speaks a thousand languages, but only one language is that of
truth... not a literal language mind you... not like English or Spanish.
But a figurative language. It would then make sense if you thought of the
word dead as describing a dead language, such as Latin. A dead language
that the world no longer uses.

Alex from United States
Comment 13 of 90, added on February 3rd, 2007 at 7:45 PM.

-i try not to be, but i am a liar- thats it... thats all there is to this
poem

Mike from United States
Comment 12 of 90, added on February 27th, 2006 at 4:36 PM.

in the Iliad (book 2) Homer says he needs 10 mouths with 10 tongues to
catalogue the greeks' ships. Virgil makes a jokey allusion to this in the
Georgics, saying he needs 100 mouths/tongues to name all the trees there
are. I think he might say something similar in the Aeneid too but can't
remember the reference. Basically I think it became a topos in classical
literature, with quite a few Latin writers post Virgil (lucilus, persius
spring to mind, poss there are others) saying they needed 10/100/1000 extra
mouths/tongues. Not sure if Mr Crane is alluding to the classical
tradition, but there it is.

DC from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 90, added on February 1st, 2006 at 8:57 PM.

You are taking this too literally. The 999 tounges represent lies and that
it is easier to tell a lie than to tell the truth.

john

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 4. Yes, I have a thousand tongues
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 15 2000


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