I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
“Ah, God, take me from this place!”
A voice said, “It is no desert.”
I cried, “Well, But —
The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon.”
A voice said, “It is no desert.”

Analysis, meaning and summary of Stephen Crane's poem I walked in a desert


  1. Peter C. Langella says:

    “Bloom where you are planted.”

  2. Mbuwel says:

    Crane is in a desperate situation and has lost all hope.He believes there is somebody(God) out there who can help him.He cries out for help and he is being comforted and given hope by a voice.he doesn’t really believe his conditions can change for better.He complains about everything being so difficult.The voice points out the fact that there’s still hope and he should not give up.

  3. Mike says:

    Stephen Crane believed God existed, but Crane viewed God as hatefully. I think that in this poem Crane is pointing out God’s faults. The bible says that God is always with you, but Crane does not feel God is with him. I think this poem is trying to call God a liar

  4. Alex says:

    i have to agree with brian on this one… the man is unaware of the life which he has created for himself.. when he finally becomes aware of his situation he mistakes it for a desert, because in our minds we do not want to accept that which is reality… this man’s cry for help is not left unanswered; instead, it is responded to with one short and vague phrase, perhaps not only alluding to the idea that it has no one proper analysis and meaning and that each individual will interpret it differently.. but also simply pointing out the fact that “it”, whatever “it” may be, is not a desert…this man’s perception of reality and the world around him is, more or less, wrong and thus he shall remain lost and confused until he is willing to accept his life for what it has become..

  5. caroline says:

    i think that crane is refering to the desert as hell and he is trying to get through to the person that he is not in a desert but in hell.

  6. leo says:

    Crane is believe in God.At first he is very desperate.the condition around him is not very well.
    but god save him and tell him he still have hope,don’t give up.

  7. watevauwanitabe says:

    i think that he’s dreaming and sumbodies tellin him to wake up

  8. Brian says:

    Your life is what you make of it. He feels that is life is a barin wasteland with no comfort but only through his own self pity or perhaps, through ignorance of that fact, has he created such an environment for himself. The voice telling him that it is no desert is simply trying to point out that fact to him.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Im trying to figure this one out, but so far it seema that maybe the man is lost and has no where to go. He is asking for help, but the person is telling him that he is not lost. Maybe he is just thinking that he is lost, not knowing that he is actually safe, maybe he made his own prison. Somewon els put something i need more ideas.

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