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Stephen Crane - "It was wrong to do this," said the angel

"It was wrong to do this," said the angel.
"You should live like a flower,
Holding malice like a puppy,
Waging war like a lambkin."

"Not so," quoth the man
Who had no fear of spirits;
"It is only wrong for angels
Who can live like the flowers,
Holding malice like the puppies,
Waging war like the lambkins."

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 54. "It was wrong to do this," said the angel
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: Published/Written in 1905
Poem of the Day: Dec 15 2003

Comment 3 of 3, added on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:35 PM.

I love all that Crane writes about the relativity of truth and morality-- not that there is no such thing, but that what is good for one man may be wicked for another... The angel can live a perfect life, in a place where there is no violence or need for it, and for an angel to commit violence is wicked, but it may not be wicked for a man, in his world, to do the same.

alex from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 2nd, 2005 at 1:35 PM.

Actually I don't beleive this poem is about sin, exactly.
The Angel is showing sorrow, remorse, maybe disdain at the wrechedness of mankind, but when he tells the man the man disagrees:
"It is only wrong for angels
Who can live like the flowers,
Holding malice like the puppies,
Waging war like the lambkins."
I think what he is saying here is that it's not wrong that I'm so low, but that your so high up judging me.

The Jolly Misanthrope from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on April 18th, 2005 at 7:12 PM.

i think it shows that we can sin, and it is kinda expected and saying that it isnt totally wrong, eventhough it is. i donno what to say about it, i think i said what i thought wrong, sorry...

Elizabeth from United States

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