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

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Comment 6 of 16, added on June 8th, 2005 at 4:47 AM.

but is it poetry?
it's like dh lawrence's pansies, i mean obviously a lot of people admire
them but i just don't feel the poetry in them. they're more brief thoughts
that, while worth saying, don't contain any special poetic resonance for

don't get me wrong, i don't think a poem has to rhyme to be a poem, it just
has to be a poem to be a poem.

admirable sentiment, and one that others have expressed in different ways,
but a poem?

i'd love for someone to prove me wrong here, explain why it is a poem - i
don't want to be dismissive, but i'm genuinely not getting it.

alistair from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 16, added on April 17th, 2005 at 10:43 PM.

I think it is that we all know that we dont need to conform to society.
Just because someone puts themselves on a petti-stool does not mean we have
to look up to them.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 4 of 16, added on December 20th, 2004 at 3:56 PM.

I have had a great affinity for this poem since I first discovered it in my
11th grade year. The dialogue between Crane and "a man" seemed to resemble
many a conversations I encountered with countless "figures of authority" of
the time. Today I reply with a quote from Emerson: "Nothing is at last
sacred but the integrity of your own mind." I believe that, although one
may let others influence his ideas(human nature), it is ultimately his own
doings that will manifest his destiny.

Anthony from United States
Comment 3 of 16, added on November 6th, 2004 at 6:36 PM.

I have loved this poem since I was very young. It is short yet says it
all! I thought about this poem often as I had to listen to many
closed-minded people during the long months leading up to this last
election, and it definitely helped to calm me down! I think some people
don't understand this poem because they don't realize how insulting it was
(at the time it was written) to call someone a toad!

Jeanne from United States
Comment 2 of 16, added on October 15th, 2004 at 10:49 AM.

That is the way that I felt about "Think as I think" when I first read it.
I am glad others share my sentiment.

Anthony from United States
Comment 1 of 16, added on August 29th, 2004 at 4:19 PM.

This has been one of my favorite short poems since I first stumbled upon it
years ago. It is simple yet profound. The speaker would rather be
abominable, would rather be a lowly toad, than give up the right to think
for himself. It is a brief tribute to the importance of free thought, of
being yourself, of being unique. I, too, would rather be a toad.

Lisa 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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