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Comment 15 of 125, added on October 11th, 2011 at 3:39 AM.
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Comment 14 of 125, added on December 7th, 2010 at 11:48 AM.

i think there should be more pasion in his poems because ithink he was a
man with little dis wregard for other people.

Comment 13 of 125, added on December 7th, 2010 at 11:42 AM.

i think that he should have put more feeling into his poems. im not sayin
it wasnt good i am sayin poems are supost to express ur feeling and im not
sure that is feally how he felt on the subject

marcus from United States
Comment 12 of 125, added on December 2nd, 2010 at 8:43 PM.

I see this a little differently from everyone else, I think... When I read
this, the volta really strikes me-- that the strange part is, it WAS gold.
To me, it is about perspective. Perhaps up close, your idol really is
faulted clay. That does not mean that it cannot have true value when looked
at from the Earth, even if it is seen as something it truly is not.

Comment 11 of 125, added on August 20th, 2010 at 12:06 AM.
A man saw a ball of gold in the sky

How about 'ball of gold' = sun or a person you are looking up to?
Climbing up - analysing it/her/him - you will find 'it [her/him] was
But returning back to earth, you may see it/her/him shine as brightly as
before. - Which does not necessarily mean, you get trapped in its/her/his
Instead, with full knowledge of what(ever) it/she/he is, you
- may allow yourself to 'get trapped' and climb again
- can appreciate the beauty in simple things / an average person
- can pedestal sth./s.o. by your own choice even though you are aware
he/she/it is common.

(Thanks Rich for making me take notice of the horizon one. - The man
running reminds me a little of Sesame Street, the sketch with Beautiful Day
Monster, Cookie Monster and Baby Monster running in between them wanting to
'be there.' but always arriving at 'being here.')

So is there anyone out there still climbing for gold?

Anja from Germany
Comment 10 of 125, added on January 10th, 2010 at 9:16 AM.

This Crane poem strikes me as a commentary on our greatest use or maybe
misuse of our reasoning minds -- our propensity to self deceive even when
confronted with a reality. It seems similar to another poem of his -- #24:
"I saw a man pursuing the horizon... 'it is futile,' I said... 'You lie' he
cried, and ran on."

Rich from United States
Comment 9 of 125, added on November 14th, 2009 at 7:44 PM.
A man saw a ball of gold in the sky?

I've been intrigued by this poem for forty years. The key seems to be in
the lines "When the man went to the earth/and looked again." When he looks
again, does he look up as before? I've always thought he does--and falls
into the same trap as before, believing that it is, indeed, a ball of gold.
And he will climb again.

Wade from United States
Comment 8 of 125, added on February 6th, 2008 at 9:02 AM.

Crane is commenting on how the real treasure in life consists in striving
for something. It is the effort to achieve a goal that gives it value.
Kids see this in the excitement they feel running up to Christmas, and the
let down after the last gift is opened. Adults see it in the constant
resetting of goals so that they might have a purpose for going on. I love
this poem.

Joe Bellacero from United States
Comment 7 of 125, added on May 28th, 2007 at 5:13 PM.

Men can only value what they do not have.

Comment 6 of 125, added on May 8th, 2007 at 1:50 PM.

This poem ...i think said that heaven is not truely as good as it says it
is to be.

Tim from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 35. A man saw a ball of gold in the sky
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
Viewed: 1767 times
Poem of the Day: Feb 4 2002

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