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Comment 5 of 81, added on December 13th, 2006 at 11:08 AM.

This poem is contrasting religion and spirituality. Crane feels the Church
has formed God into a poweful, almighty diety to be feared. Crane himself
is able to see God past the accusations of the Church in His true form.
This is a wonderful poem that can be related to by anyone questioning their

Comment 4 of 81, added on April 6th, 2006 at 10:00 PM.

I agree with Jerimiah below. Crane has obviously rejected God from past
experiences with church and things like that. The first God he goes to is
supposed to be the true "God" and Crane depicts him as a hateful ruler. The
second God he goes to is his own mind, the one that organizes right from
wrong according to his own judgements.

Brad from United States
Comment 3 of 81, added on November 25th, 2005 at 7:22 PM.

No I can not agree with any of you. The poem is indicating the modern man's
situation when he has left God and turned to "gods" -- and "gods" can be
anything, most likely your ego; even though they are not God, but rather
idols, and do not crave anything (like perfection; sinlessness) of you. The
"gods"/idols think that God has treated you hard, and that is what the
final line is saying. Too bad that Crane did not show us any solution,
which is God's gospel, the story about the Son; Jesus. Theese small poems
are effective when they try to say anything about earthtly life in general
(like war or striving for happieness), but when Crane comes to the subject
of religion and tries to speak about God, it is obvious that he rejects
God, because God does have a solution to man-kind, God is merciful and has
forgiven all sins. Too bad that many people doesn't believe this.

Jeremiah from Sweden
Comment 2 of 81, added on August 15th, 2005 at 8:46 AM.

This poem talks about how God is the invention of the mind of man. He can
think of a wrathful god or a compassionate god. But God is not one
definite entity but a vague, amorphous concept that the mind created.

L. G. (edited by admin) from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 51. A man went before a strange God
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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