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Analysis and comments on Once there came a man by Stephen Crane

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Comment 13 of 67, added on July 10th, 2009 at 2:23 AM.

to me this means those that fight in wars are those that don't want to
fight in a war.

Donald in Hawaii from United States
Comment 12 of 67, added on June 13th, 2009 at 10:09 AM.

I think this poem express the triviality of fighting. The simple idea of
putting people in rows can be a motive for a war.

Frederico Reiser
Comment 11 of 67, added on March 1st, 2009 at 5:18 PM.

To me this poem means that when people get too wrapped up in the fight,
they lose sight of what they were fighting for in the first place

Sean from United States
Comment 10 of 67, added on January 27th, 2009 at 12:59 PM.

To me the man represent a leader trying to do good and asking people to get
in a row. There are some people who realize his intentions and simply
follow while there are those who follow him but are extremists contorting
his vision to something evil, while at the same time there are people who
do not agree and have their own mind set thus they kill the people who do
not agree with them. I think this can relate how people separate themselves
and follow religion, morals, and political views.

Eric from Mexico
Comment 9 of 67, added on January 6th, 2008 at 3:44 PM.

This poem reminds me of a quote that I heard once. Don't make mountains out
of molehills. That just means that don't make a huge deal (mountain) out of
something that isn't a big deal at all (molehill).

Sally from Canada
Comment 8 of 67, added on December 21st, 2006 at 12:00 PM.

I agree with Chris completely. Such an issue of standing in rows can be
solved without such stupidity and bloodshed, yet those who fight do not see
this, and continue to fight for years without any kind of enlightenment to

Joshua from Canada

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Information about Once there came a man

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 5. Once there came a man
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 23662 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 11 2000

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