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Biography of Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900)

Stephen Crane was the last of 14 children born to a Methodist minister who died when he was nine. As a child he moved three times in the New York area. Crane never cared much for schooling, but he did attend Syracuse University - although only for one semester, and his most noteworthy accomplishments were performed on the baseball field. He lived the down-and-out life of a penniless artist who became well known as a poet, journalist, social critic and realist. His contemoraries noted him as being an "original" in his field of work.

War and other forms of physical and mental violence fascinate Crane. He began writing for newspapers in 1891 when he settled in New York where he developed his powers as an observer of psychological and social reality. After he wrote Red Badge of Courage, which earned Crane international acclaim at age 24, he was hired as a reporter in the American West and Mexico. At the age of 27, Crane moved to Jacksonville, Florida and got married. While in Jacksonville, his boat The Commodore sank off the coast and he wrote about the harrowing adventure in The New York Press. Crane covered the Greco-Turkish War and later settled in England where he made friends with famous writers of the time including H.G. Wells and Henry James. He later covered the Spanish-American War for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. During the last few years of his life, he began writing furiously because he was in debt and suffering from tuberculosis. He later died while he was in Germany.

The poetry Crane produced was published in War is Kind & Other Lines (1899) and posthumously in The Black Riders & Other Lines (1905). The poems from these two collections are all published below.



95 Poems written by Stephen Crane

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First LineComments
A god in wrath Comments and analysis of A god in wrath by Stephen Crane 87 Comments
A learned man came to me once. Comments and analysis of A learned man came to me once by Stephen Crane 56 Comments
A little ink more or less! Comments and analysis of A little ink more or less! by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
A man feared that he might find an assassin; Comments and analysis of A man feared that he might find an assassin by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
A man said to the universe: Comments and analysis of A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane 36 Comments
A man saw a ball of gold in the sky; Comments and analysis of A man saw a ball of gold in the sky by Stephen Crane 103 Comments
A man toiled on a burning road, Comments and analysis of A man toiled on a burning road by Stephen Crane 62 Comments
A man went before a strange God -- Comments and analysis of A man went before a strange God by Stephen Crane 62 Comments
A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices Comments and analysis of A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices by Stephen Crane 13 Comments
A slant of sun on dull brown walls,
A spirit sped Comments and analysis of A spirit sped by Stephen Crane 15 Comments
A youth in apparel that glittered Comments and analysis of A youth in apparel that glittered by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
And you love me Comments and analysis of And you love me by Stephen Crane 70 Comments
Ay, workman, make me a dream, Comments and analysis of Ay, workman, make me a dream, by Stephen Crane 31 Comments
Behold, from the land of the farther suns Comments and analysis of Behold, from the land of the farther suns by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
Behold, the grave of a wicked man, Comments and analysis of Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane 64 Comments
Black riders came from the sea. Comments and analysis of Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane 102 Comments
Charity thou art a lie, Comments and analysis of Charity thou art a lie, by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind. Comments and analysis of Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane 230 Comments
Each small gleam was a voice,
Fast rode the knight Comments and analysis of Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane 87 Comments
Forth went the candid man
Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground. Comments and analysis of Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. Comments and analysis of God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. by Stephen Crane 102 Comments
God lay dead in heaven; Comments and analysis of God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane 25 Comments
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I explain the silvered passing of a ship at night, Comments and analysis of I explain the silvered passing of a ship at night, by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
I looked here; Comments and analysis of I looked here by Stephen Crane 8 Comments
I met a seer. Comments and analysis of I met a seer by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
I saw a man pursuing the horizon; Comments and analysis of I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
I stood musing in a black world, Comments and analysis of I stood musing in a black world by Stephen Crane 17 Comments
I stood upon a high place, Comments and analysis of I stood upon a high place, by Stephen Crane 9 Comments
I stood upon a highway,
I walked in a desert. Comments and analysis of I walked in a desert by Stephen Crane 82 Comments
I was in the darkness; Comments and analysis of I was in the darkness by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
If I should cast off this tattered coat, Comments and analysis of If I should cast off this tattered coat by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
If there is a witness to my little life, Comments and analysis of If there is a witness to my little life, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
In a lonely place, Comments and analysis of In a lonely place, by Stephen Crane 44 Comments
In heaven, Comments and analysis of In heaven by Stephen Crane 110 Comments
In the desert Comments and analysis of In the desert by Stephen Crane 217 Comments
In the night
Love walked alone. Comments and analysis of Love walked alone by Stephen Crane 20 Comments
Many red devils ran from my heart Comments and analysis of Many red devils ran from my heart by Stephen Crane 9 Comments
Many workmen Comments and analysis of Many workmen by Stephen Crane 58 Comments
Mystic shadow, bending near me, Comments and analysis of Mystic shadow, bending near me, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
On the desert
On the horizon the peaks assembled; Comments and analysis of On the horizon the peaks assembled by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
Once a man clambering to the housetops Comments and analysis of Once a man clambering to the housetops by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
Once I saw mountains angry, Comments and analysis of Once I saw mountains angry by Stephen Crane 22 Comments
Once there came a man Comments and analysis of Once there came a man by Stephen Crane 62 Comments
Once there was a man -- Comments and analysis of Once there was a man by Stephen Crane 33 Comments
Once, I knew a fine song,
Places among the stars, Comments and analysis of Places among the stars by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
Should the wide world roll away, Comments and analysis of Should the wide world roll away, by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
Supposing that I should have the courage Comments and analysis of Supposing that I should have the courage by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
The chatter of a death-demon from a tree-top Comments and analysis of The chatter of a death-demon from a tree-top by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
The impact of a dollar upon the heart
The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds; Comments and analysis of The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
The ocean said to me once, Comments and analysis of The ocean said to me once by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
The sage lectured brilliantly.
The successful man has thrust himself Comments and analysis of The successful man has thrust himself by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
The trees in the garden rained flowers. Comments and analysis of The trees in the garden rained flowers. by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
The wayfarer, Comments and analysis of The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane 92 Comments
There came whisperings in the winds: Comments and analysis of There came whisperings in the winds by Stephen Crane 21 Comments
There was a great cathedral. Comments and analysis of There was a great cathedral by Stephen Crane 20 Comments
There was a land where lived no violets. Comments and analysis of There was a land where lived no violets. by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
There was a man who lived a life of fire.
There was a man with tongue of wood Comments and analysis of There was a man with tongue of wood by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
There was crimson clash of war. Comments and analysis of There was crimson clash of war. by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
There was one I met upon the road Comments and analysis of There was one I met upon the road by Stephen Crane 8 Comments
There was set before me a mighty hill, Comments and analysis of There was set before me a mighty hill by Stephen Crane 17 Comments
There was, before me, Comments and analysis of There was, before me by Stephen Crane 40 Comments
There were many who went in huddled procession, Comments and analysis of There were many who went in huddled procession by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
Three little birds in a row Comments and analysis of Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane 23 Comments
To the maiden Comments and analysis of To the maiden by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
Tradition, thou art for suckling children, Comments and analysis of Tradition, thou art for suckling children by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
Two or three angels Comments and analysis of Two or three angels by Stephen Crane 50 Comments
Upon the road of my life, Comments and analysis of Upon the road of my life by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
Walking in the sky, Comments and analysis of Walking in the sky by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
When a people reach the top of a hill, Comments and analysis of When a people reach the top of a hill, by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Comments and analysis of When the prophet, a complacent fat man, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Comments and analysis of Why do you strive for greatness, fool? by Stephen Crane 9 Comments
With eye and with gesture Comments and analysis of With eye and with gesture by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
Yes, I have a thousand tongues, Comments and analysis of Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane 76 Comments
You say you are holy, Comments and analysis of You say you are holy by Stephen Crane 42 Comments
You tell me this is God? Comments and analysis of You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane 24 Comments
"And the sins of the fathers shall be Comments and analysis of 8 Comments
"Have you ever made a just man?" Comments and analysis of 5 Comments
"I have heard the sunset song of the birches, Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
"It was wrong to do this," said the angel. Comments and analysis of 3 Comments
"Tell brave deeds of war." Comments and analysis of 1 Comment
"Think as I think," said a man, Comments and analysis of 15 Comments
"Truth," said a traveller, Comments and analysis of 92 Comments
"What says the sea, little shell? Comments and analysis of 2 Comments


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