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

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Comment 12 of 72, 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 72, 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 72, 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 72, 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 72, 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
Comment 7 of 72, added on June 1st, 2006 at 8:30 PM.

In my view i see this as the way and thinking of Hitler

chris from United States
Comment 6 of 72, added on March 24th, 2006 at 4:19 PM.

To MIKE from Canada: Interesting Observation. I found this site because
of his connection to T. Roosevelt. I didn't realize he was a poet also.

marty fry from United States
Comment 5 of 72, added on January 13th, 2006 at 8:19 PM.

this poem is terrific as so many of his are. ^_^

hotbutteredtoast from United States
Comment 4 of 72, added on November 29th, 2005 at 7:36 PM.

This poem to me uas about not conforming to what we are told to do...by
anything government or even our parents.

Ellen from United States
Comment 3 of 72, added on April 17th, 2005 at 9:47 PM.

I agree with both of you. this is the first time i read this poem and it is
very true. Sometimes it sadddens me that we cant just realize the things
that aren't big enough to fight over. Just because we dont agree to
something or we dont like it does not mean there needs to be blood shed!

Elizabeth from United States

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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: 23981 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 11 2000

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