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Analysis and comments on A god in wrath by Stephen Crane

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Comment 8 of 88, added on December 14th, 2007 at 12:34 AM.

What is particularly interesting is the inequality of the God and the
man...it becomes an abuse for the God to touch the man, th man can't
retreat, is struck with "thunderous" blows and must contend with merely
biting at the feet of the God

Laura from United States
Comment 7 of 88, added on June 16th, 2007 at 1:01 PM.

I think G-d is suppose to represent someone, but not
G-d Him/Herself. To me it seems soemone is being treated very badly by
someone they feel is G-d or so much higher than them they might as well be
G-d. for example, a boss or an abusive parent. The people who witness this
re probably too scared to question this authority figure and that's why
they say what they say. That's how i interpret it.

Sarah from United States
Comment 6 of 88, added on March 30th, 2007 at 10:48 PM.

It could be published post-humourously, just an idea. Also, Reebeka, thanks
for embodying the sanctimonious narrow-minded bigotry that one
interpretation of this poem scorns!

Jen from United States
Comment 5 of 88, added on March 20th, 2006 at 10:42 PM.

it says this poems been written/published in 1905...funny cuz stephan crane
died in 1900

natalie from United States
Comment 4 of 88, added on November 16th, 2005 at 9:52 AM.

after seeing this i had a heart attack 3 times but i lived to read it again
i have read this poem alot because i learned how to live by the teachings
of the bible OH LORD OH LORD PRAISE THEE i love you all in this poems path
of love and mercy

Roger Van Frugen from Iceland
Comment 3 of 88, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 11:54 AM.

There are several ways to look at this...
First it seems as if God has finally captured the Devil and is beating
him.

Next it maybe that he is describing the media and something that may have
affected himself. Since most of his poems were things that happened to him.


Third it shows that the people are only saying that god is doing something
right because he is god. They have no idea what the underlying
circumstances are and are assuming that he has done something wrong.

Anyone have some suggestions?

Sarah from United States
Comment 2 of 88, added on April 9th, 2005 at 7:40 PM.

how could he write a poem like that he is deeply disturbed. Mike u r a dick
and i look down upon u

Reebeka from United States
Comment 1 of 88, added on December 21st, 2004 at 9:16 PM.

I really liked this poem...it shows how people love a good spectacle. a
God against a man is obviously an unfair match...no one bothers to ask what
the man did, they just assume he deserves it and that the god is right.
he's a big bully...which is just how our society, namely the media,
works......he may not have intended it that way...but its my interpretation

Mike from Canada

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Information about A god in wrath

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 19. A god in wrath
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 493 times
Poem of the Day: May 28 2009


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