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Analysis and comments on God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane

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Comment 8 of 28, added on November 12th, 2007 at 10:56 PM.

Am I the only one who found an alliteration? It may be cliche, but Crane
does make references to God quite frequently. I found that the woman is
Mary and the boy Jesus, while the beast is the evils of mankind--ignorance,
foolishness, "group mentality" (i.e. a person would not kill somebody but a
group of people would). That was just something that immediately came to
mind when I read it.

wesley from United States
Comment 7 of 28, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 2:38 AM.

amid the existentialist mayhem, oblivious man's only defense is nothing
more powerful than the delicate and fragile arm of woman; illustrating the
futility of mankind's struggle against its demons and the ultimate
inevitability of its annihilation.

(mind you, if the woman happened to be butch enough, like them women
pro-wrestlers or something, we might have more of a chance. Crane probably
meant to suggest that most women could use some more gym time, work on
those biceps a bit, general body tone etc. Well, that's the positive spin I
see in it.... )

Bobby Ray Diamond from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 28, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 12:46 PM.

This poem warrants being read out loud, so it can be felt instead of
thought about. To me, this poem speaks deeply and eloquently of despair and
the resiliency of the soul trying to save whatever life is still intact in
the face of desolation, fear and loss of faith.

Deborah from France
Comment 5 of 28, added on April 17th, 2005 at 10:46 PM.

I think that it is saying that to the human race in a whole, God is
basicaly dead. We are the beasts the come from the earth and we consume
ourselves. We ask about a God, but we cant find onre because He is dead to
us becasue we denied Him for so long. The woman symbolizes the hope of some
people to try to protect the weak or vaunerable from our own ways.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 4 of 28, added on January 24th, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

I believe this poem is talking about all the sin going on in the world, and
God sending Jesus down to earth. That would explain the "pain" going on in
heaven and the woman holding the man's head in the end is Mary holding
Jesus, trying to save him from the devil

Jessica from United States
Comment 3 of 28, added on December 3rd, 2004 at 1:53 PM.

To simply second "KENT"'s comments. Even more difficult to understand
than the big words is, for some, to understand the meaning.

Ira II from United States
Comment 2 of 28, added on December 1st, 2004 at 7:57 PM.

I am writing an anaylsis on this poem and am having trouble figuring out
what Crane is trying to communicate so if anyone would like to offer help I
would really appriciate it!

Sarah from United States
Comment 1 of 28, added on December 1st, 2004 at 4:49 AM.

This is in reference to the other comment posted for this poem. Um, dude,
im not sure that you, with your obviously expansive vocabulary, have any
real right to say how bad this author is. I think, perhaps, you didnt like
the poem, cause there were too many big words and it "hurted" your head.
Anywhoodles, keep up that scathing wit and subtle sarcasm that we all love
so much.

Kent from United States

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Poet: Stephen Crane
Poem: 67. God lay dead in heaven
Volume: The Black Riders & Other Lines
Year: 1905
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 10 2004

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