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Analysis and comments on Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane

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Comment 10 of 90, added on November 28th, 2005 at 10:39 AM.

Isn't this poem stange? He finds it easier to lie than tell the truth then
he dies?!? Why would he have 1000 tongues any way?

Bec from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 90, added on November 6th, 2005 at 3:05 PM.

There are times that I have found myself in a cold-hearted rage, poison
coming up from my heart and out my mouth, NOT listening to the small voice
inside me saying, "you're going to regret this."

Comment 8 of 90, added on September 28th, 2005 at 9:03 AM.

I believe Crane is talking about his characters. He has spoken in a
thousand tongues, but everyone is a distortion of his true voice. His
inner world can only be expressed through these fictional voices because he
believes his ability to express himself authentically is dead. On some
level I think he believes we all have this problem.

Bryan from United States
Comment 7 of 90, added on May 16th, 2005 at 2:20 PM.

What most amazes me about this poem is that, according to the information,
he wrote it five years after he died.

Which toungue was that?

Kevin from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 90, added on April 18th, 2005 at 10:12 PM.

The poem isn't really that complicated. Crane is just trying to point out
how it's easier for mankind to lie then to speak the truth. As one lies
more and more the truth becomes lost, hence the other tongue is "dead in
his mouth". Haha...speaks a thousand languages.....ohhh...that's a laugh

Hannah from United States
Comment 5 of 90, added on April 17th, 2005 at 9:43 PM.

Stephen Crane is telling us that he has a thousand tongues, which probably
symbolize personalities. He is telling us that he has many personalities
and that they all lie. He tries to use the one that is true to himself, but
it doesnít work, *dead* as he says. That is showing how he probably
conforms to society and shows them all the different things they want to
see that he never has time to use his other *tongue* and it later dies. As
it dies, it shows that he is basically dead to himself and canít be real
and doesnít know how to be himself or speak the truth because he had to
have so many other aliases. We all fight within ourselves and when we let
the fake parts control us then we lose ourselves and we die to us, and only
live to society.
i like this poem very much, it is very symbolic!

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 4 of 90, added on March 31st, 2005 at 1:38 AM.

Hey Mike,
I dont think He's saying he Speakes a thousand languages, What he's saying
is that He Speaks, As in "a picture holds a thousand words", Same premes,
Just that he speaks And He cant seem to Make truth of what he speaks,
thought he tries. Thats my thoughts.

Zack from United States
Comment 3 of 90, added on March 16th, 2005 at 1:39 PM.

well, if he has 100 tounges then i bet hes a bad kisser.

kim from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 90, added on March 15th, 2005 at 8:49 PM.

that is a confusing poem how can you have 1000 tongues
that would be hard to fit in your mouth i mean i can hardly fit one in my
mouth so sorry to be smart alleck.it was a verry cool poem. God bless you

Comment 1 of 90, added on December 21st, 2004 at 8:49 PM.

I rather like this poem in particular against the rest of his work that i
have read. He claims to speak 1000 languages and all but one lie. Lying
can come in MANY forms but truth can only come in one. hence the 999 lying
tongues and the one, singular one that speaks only truth...but is dead to
his mouth

Mike from Canada

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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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