Poet: Stephen Crane
There was one I met upon the road
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1905
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Nov 14 2004
Comment 1 of 1, added on December 19th, 2005 at 2:08 AM.
The long and short, as I percieve it, is that a person may not be all-responsible for their behavior, because the circumstances surrounding their behavior may have been out of their control. The speaker may be presented one way (sinful, or having only sin) toward the man, but the poem says that once the man has seen that all the speaker's wares are sinfuil, the man THEN viewed the speaker with kinder eyes, and said, "poor soul!" as if he had a newfelt pity or compassion for the speaker. He may not have had the same feeling toward the speaker if it were his fault that all his wares were of sin.
WillAshland from United States
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