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Analysis and comments on I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane

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Comment 18 of 28, 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
Comment 17 of 28, added on March 26th, 2008 at 6:18 PM.

Crane is a naturalist he is interested in showing how faith in something
you can never reach is ignorant and how men refuse to believe the
impossible is possible and that blind faith in achieving the impossible is
futile.

Andy from United States
Comment 16 of 28, added on June 11th, 2007 at 8:52 PM.

i like this poem ...........show more poem for me...

moniko ramdani from Indonesia
Comment 15 of 28, added on May 5th, 2007 at 1:28 AM.

well......we all have certains goals in our life .and it very true
that mankind believe on impossible ...remember everthing is possible
with God and only if you put effort on it.becuase the man pursuing
the horizon he was determined to achieve his goal no matter what....

from Canada
Comment 14 of 28, added on March 1st, 2006 at 3:56 PM.

I think this could be contrasting the prominent views of the day--realism
and romanticism. The man pursuing the horizon represents "I think anything
is possible if you believe hard enough" romantic while the man telling him
it is impossible represents the pessimistic realist

Amanda from United States
Comment 13 of 28, added on February 3rd, 2006 at 10:45 AM.

This poem reminds me of whe i kick this queers ass in basketball.

gary Shmellypants
Comment 12 of 28, added on January 5th, 2006 at 10:13 AM.

Jono was being stupid. Pursuing what you believe in is one of the most
important things a human can do. Anything is possible if you seek with all
of your heart. Try believing for once and see what happens... as for the
poem...I see it as a semi-humorous view of peoples struggle for what is
possible and what is not.

Kevin from United States
Comment 11 of 28, added on October 4th, 2005 at 8:15 PM.

Remember, there's a difference between poet and speaker. The speaker is
disturbed by the man's pursuit of the horizon, but that doesn't mean Crane
wants us to feel the same way. The two perspectives are that of the realist
(the speaker) and the idealist (the man pursuing the horizon), and in fact
Crane means for us to see the folly in the perspective of the realist. The
key words here are "disturbed" and "accosted," which portray the speaker as
arrogant and narrow-minded next to the pure idealism of the man pursuing
the horizon.
A point of logic seperate from my analysis of the text: contrary to Jono's
interpretation of the role of Reason, the impossibility of success does
not, in itself, invalidate a quest. The question for a true voice of reason
would be whether the goal, regardless of the possibilities for success, is
commendable. All goals of rationalist philosophers have been quests for the
horizon--utopian society, moral codes based on pure reason, etc. Perfection
is by definition unattainable, but the quest for it is a hallmark of human
intellectual pursuit, and Crane understood as much.

Brandt from United States
Comment 10 of 28, added on September 28th, 2005 at 4:44 PM.

The man is pursuing infinty. whether it's possible is left to interpret.

Jose from United States
Comment 9 of 28, added on August 15th, 2005 at 7:57 AM.

One man sees another who is futilely pursuing something that, he himself,
does not think exists. So either the unbeliever just simply does not see
what the big deal is, or the believer is caught up in a blind, useless
faith. Considering how Crane keeps writing of a universe bereft of godly
superintendence, it is more likely that it was intending it to be the
latter. The observer must have felt sorry for that man who kept chasing
something that simply is not there.

Lucie Guo from United States

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Information about I saw a man pursuing the horizon

Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 24. I saw a man pursuing the horizon
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 38000 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 25 2000


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