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Comment 26 of 37, added on January 30th, 2012 at 2:17 PM.

This poem has been a favorite of mine for 50 years.
I just completed a sculpture expressing the idea of pursuing the horizon.
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Comment 23 of 37, added on March 11th, 2011 at 8:37 PM.

Naturalism is by definition pessimistic. However, Stephen Crane’s poem “A
Man Pursuing the Horizon”, which is an excellent example of naturalism, can
be interpreted pessimistically or optimistically. To interpret it
optimistically, the man does not give up hope of fulfilling his dream no
matter what happens. Interpreting the poem pessimistically, the man is
foolish for not recognizing that it is impossible to catch the horizon, and
is therefore wasting his life. Trying to make a naturalistic poem
optimistic could consequently be compared to chasing the horizon.

Jeff from United States
Comment 22 of 37, added on February 17th, 2011 at 11:22 AM.
I saw a man

Today Hubble is inviting us to take quantum leaps into the vast infinitude
of creation. This certainly gives the "lie" to our past limited beliefs
that it would be a "futile" attempt. As the universe is infinite, so are
the yet untapped powers of the human mind. So, keep running on to what is
yet to be.

Catherine from United States
Comment 21 of 37, added on December 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 AM.

I want to the the image in this poem ??Who tell me ??
Thank u !!

HR from China
Comment 20 of 37, added on September 5th, 2010 at 10:51 PM.
I saw a man purusing the horizon

I think Brandt got it right here. I have always felt that the point of
this poem was to praise the man who refused to accept his limitations. At
the same time for some reason, I have always assumed that the man chasing
the horizon knew it wsa in fact hopeless. But he refused to accept that.
Where do I get this? "round and round they sped" Clearly he knew he was
going in circules. But sometimes you pursue the dream of the horizon not
because you will attain it but because you can't let go of the dream and
still live.

Steve F. from United States
Comment 19 of 37, added on July 17th, 2009 at 7:09 PM.

A man pursues a dream. For the ordinary spectator this is an
unsurmountable task and hence they try to convince him to withdraw.
However, as many scientists, sportsmen, nnd artists before, and for the
sake of all of us, he is so strongly persuaded of his endevour that he does
not attend to the pledge of mediocre and run towards a better horizon for

Maximo Vento from Spain
Comment 18 of 37, added on December 8th, 2008 at 8:28 PM.

I've got to side with Andy here. Crane was a man that rejected traditional
religious beliefs. In this case, the poet is the speaker. The issue isn't
that questing for perfection is futile. The fact that the man doesn't even
let the speaker finish his statement and insists that he can attain the
unattainable points to Crane's reason for writing this poem. Idealism is
fine, but blind idealism is known by another term "stupidity".

Ken from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 24. I saw a man pursuing the horizon
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 25 2000

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