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Stephen Crane - Should the wide world roll away,

Should the wide world roll away,
Leaving black terror,
Limitless night,
Nor God, nor man, nor place to stand
Would be to me essential,
If thou and thy white arms were there,
And the fall to doom a long way.

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Should the wide world roll away, - Comments and Information

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 10. Should the wide world roll away,
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1905
Poem of the Day: Nov 28 2003

Comment 3 of 3, added on February 4th, 2007 at 3:24 AM.

It means that if he could fall with her in his arms, it wouldn't matter. Especially if it was a long ways. It's romantic in the truest sense. I don't see how it's in the least bit twisted. It's saying that if the world ends, just let me be in your arms as it's happening.

Comment 2 of 3, added on February 3rd, 2007 at 7:41 PM.

This is not stating that if there was no God, Crane would need ______; it is stating.. Crane does not care about God or those other things, he just cares that he is with a certain person for a while. A very twisted romantic poem.

Comment 1 of 3, added on August 15th, 2005 at 8:51 AM.

Wow. In a world robbed of God, he reveals what will truly be important to him. The world stumbling to doom does not seem to matter much -- since it may very well be the present stage of the world. A world without religion would indeed seem like a a limitless night to some people, but it is these white hands that truly matter to him. Then -- somehow -- the black terror doesn't seem so bad. I'm reminded of a Katherine Hepburn quotation, "I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other."

L. G. (edited by admin) from United States

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