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

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Comment 21 of 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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

Andy from United States
Comment 16 of 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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 41, 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

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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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