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Analysis and comments on "Think as I think," said a man by Stephen Crane

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Comment 15 of 16, added on June 3rd, 2012 at 10:32 PM.

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Comment 14 of 16, added on March 31st, 2011 at 1:51 PM.
The only poem I will never forget

I have been trying to find the author of this poem for years and years.
Read it in senior year in high school, 1968. Have used it for any reason
when a poem was needed. It is also my signature on one of my personal

Ric from United States
Comment 13 of 16, added on February 12th, 2011 at 10:28 AM.

this has been one of my favorite poems since I was a teenager and
discovered Stephen Cranes poetry in my high school library. how many times
in life do we meet people who think they know the truth, and look down on
others who disagree? this gives me courage to resist.

Nancy from United States
Comment 12 of 16, added on November 14th, 2009 at 8:01 PM.

Certainly it is poetry! Rhyme and meter do not equal poetry--they are only
tools (two of the many) that poets may choose to use. It is the creative,
succinct, unique way that Crane reveals an essential truth that makes it
poetry. If anything equals poetry, it is beauty--and beauty is truth.

Wade from United States
Comment 11 of 16, added on October 17th, 2009 at 8:16 AM.

As the poem suggests, we are each free (at the risk of being a toad) to
decide for ourselves the merit of Crane's poetic form. However, if one
finds the thought expressed by the poem at all appealing, I would recommend
reading "The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane", which includes the poems in
"The Black Riders and Other Lines" and others. Not only are there some
other great pieces to be enjoyed and contemplated, but it will be helpful
in discovering the rhythm and flow his style, as well as the patterns of
his thoughts, which were significantly influenced by his life and times,
but offer timeless value.

Ray from United States
Comment 10 of 16, added on June 21st, 2007 at 12:34 AM.

You might be right that it has no poetic resonance to the lines, and that
it might then not be considered poetry.

That, or you might try reading it differently. I find the poetic resonance
quite readily, myself.

But then, I think that's the whole point of the poem to begin with, now
isn't it?

Maurkus from United States
Comment 9 of 16, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:31 AM.

"Poetry is an imaginary garden with real toads in it." The world in which a
poet (Crane) creates is fictional, but the ideas, themes, messages, and
doctrines are as real as you yourself. In my opinion, Crane does create
poetry because he does this very thing.

Joshua from Canada
Comment 8 of 16, added on August 15th, 2005 at 8:23 AM.

This is such a beautiful piece of work. This
I'd-rather-be-a-toad-than-accepting-false-knowledge mindset is the only way
that scientific advances can be made. This is the way that progress is
made. Just because everyone says that it's true does not make it true. As
Nietzsche said, "You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing
star." We must learn to question the knowledge imposed on us by others and
seek truth through our own selves.

Lucie Guo from United States
Comment 7 of 16, added on June 20th, 2005 at 11:29 AM.

wow this is the most catastrophic poem i have ever read in my life i love
it, it changed y life

christian from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 47. "Think as I think," said a man
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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