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

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Comment 14 of 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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 34, 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
Comment 8 of 34, added on August 8th, 2005 at 11:45 AM.

The Pursuer has the stubborness and ignorence of a child. How old do you
have to be to be a man?

Minka from United States
Comment 7 of 34, added on July 3rd, 2005 at 10:59 PM.

Thank you Jono for being the voice of Reason.

Patrick from United States
Comment 6 of 34, added on April 20th, 2005 at 8:42 AM.

umm, no one is wrong, we all see the poem different ways, so none of us are
dumbasses. I think that it means that humans have mind sets. The man that
wants to go to the horizon thinks that he can, and he wants to. The other
man sees and trys to tell him that it will not work, but since the man
seeking the horizon is so set in his ways he calls the other guy a liar.we
all have our own mind-sets about certian things like the lock-ness monster
or big-foot or aliens, and this guy had one about the horizon. there are
always people that will come against us in life, but you need to determine
youself if what you are doing is wrong or justified.......thats what i got.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 5 of 34, added on March 5th, 2005 at 10:59 PM.

I think that you are all wrong. Or dumbasses, if you will...I think that
this poem is about mankind...the man is in pursuit of a goal that is
impossible to achieve, and then, when the voice of reason stops him and
tells him of the hopelessness of his task, the man keeps running anyway.
He prefers ignorance, and calls Reason a liar.

Jono 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
Viewed: 1939 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 25 2000

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