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Stephen Crane - I stood upon a high place,

I stood upon a high place,
And saw, below, many devils
Running, leaping,
and carousing in sin.
One looked up, grinning,
And said, "Comrade! Brother!"

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I stood upon a high place, - Comments and Information

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 9. I stood upon a high place,
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1905
Poem of the Day: Jun 12 2009

Comment 9 of 9, added on February 15th, 2012 at 9:58 PM.

I believe this poem to mean change. The man in the poem was recognized by his friends (the devils). They want the man to come down and "dwell in sin" but that was in the past now he is a better person.

George from United States
Comment 8 of 9, added on September 26th, 2011 at 1:18 PM.

Some people think they are better and higher up than others and look down on others and belittle them or are hypocritical because we all are sinners. We are all human.

nikkij from United States
Comment 7 of 9, added on March 21st, 2011 at 5:55 PM.
Interpretation

It strikes me as reminding people that we all sin. The devil refers to him as a brother which might imply they are really the same. Also it shows that even when people are at their highest/best, we do the most sinning. Examples would be post-game revelry and atrocities that often happen after military victories.

Timothy

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