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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
21502 Love walked alone Comments and analysis of Love walked alone by Stephen Crane 52 Comments
19663 Places among the stars Comments and analysis of Places among the stars by Stephen Crane 225 Comments
19069 I looked here Comments and analysis of I looked here by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
18592 Once I saw mountains angry Comments and analysis of Once I saw mountains angry by Stephen Crane 57 Comments
17955 A learned man came to me once Comments and analysis of A learned man came to me once by Stephen Crane 278 Comments
16504 Supposing that I should have the courage Comments and analysis of Supposing that I should have the courage by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
15642 The trees in the garden rained flowers. Comments and analysis of The trees in the garden rained flowers. by Stephen Crane 61 Comments
15327 "And the sins of the fathers shall be" Comments and analysis of 8 Comments
14962 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 9 Comments
14453 Walking in the sky Comments and analysis of Walking in the sky by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
14169 Behold, the grave of a wicked man Comments and analysis of Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane 96 Comments
12694 "What says the sea, little shell?" Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
12419 There was one I met upon the road Comments and analysis of There was one I met upon the road by Stephen Crane 11 Comments
12246 A spirit sped Comments and analysis of A spirit sped by Stephen Crane 254 Comments
12214 You say you are holy Comments and analysis of You say you are holy by Stephen Crane 251 Comments
11752 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 39 Comments
11524 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 23 Comments
11408 Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Comments and analysis of Why do you strive for greatness, fool? by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
11364 I stood upon a highway
10300 There was a man who lived a life of fire Comments and analysis of There was a man who lived a life of fire by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
9869 A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices Comments and analysis of A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices by Stephen Crane 43 Comments
9709 There came whisperings in the winds Comments and analysis of There came whisperings in the winds by Stephen Crane 24 Comments
9431 A little ink more or less! Comments and analysis of A little ink more or less! by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
8438 On the horizon the peaks assembled Comments and analysis of On the horizon the peaks assembled by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
8291 With eye and with gesture Comments and analysis of With eye and with gesture by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
7813 Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground Comments and analysis of Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane 19 Comments
7661 Each small gleam was a voice,
7543 Behold, from the land of the farther suns Comments and analysis of Behold, from the land of the farther suns by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
7540 The sage lectured brilliantly
7400 A slant of sun on dull brown walls,
7011 Forth went the candid man
6967 There was a great cathedral Comments and analysis of There was a great cathedral by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
6713 Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind Comments and analysis of Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane 477 Comments
6280 In heaven Comments and analysis of In heaven by Stephen Crane 562 Comments
6208 God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. Comments and analysis of God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. by Stephen Crane 530 Comments
5183 Many red devils ran from my heart Comments and analysis of Many red devils ran from my heart by Stephen Crane 37 Comments
4479 A god in wrath Comments and analysis of A god in wrath by Stephen Crane 529 Comments
4144 Three little birds in a row Comments and analysis of Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane 38 Comments
3425 Black riders came from the sea. Comments and analysis of Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane 346 Comments
3233 In a lonely place, Comments and analysis of In a lonely place, by Stephen Crane 267 Comments
2874 To the maiden Comments and analysis of To the maiden by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
2641 I was in the darkness Comments and analysis of I was in the darkness by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
2611 I stood upon a high place, Comments and analysis of I stood upon a high place, by Stephen Crane 15 Comments
2609 Upon the road of my life Comments and analysis of Upon the road of my life by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
2517 A man said to the universe: Comments and analysis of A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane 59 Comments
2407 The wayfarer, Comments and analysis of The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane 558 Comments
2394 Yes, I have a thousand tongues Comments and analysis of Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane 99 Comments
2347 Two or three angels Comments and analysis of Two or three angels by Stephen Crane 65 Comments
2300 I met a seer Comments and analysis of I met a seer by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
2252 There was set before me a mighty hill Comments and analysis of There was set before me a mighty hill by Stephen Crane 34 Comments
2198 Many workmen Comments and analysis of Many workmen by Stephen Crane 305 Comments
2186 Once there was a man Comments and analysis of Once there was a man by Stephen Crane 42 Comments
2077 Mystic shadow, bending near me, Comments and analysis of Mystic shadow, bending near me, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
2072 There was, before me Comments and analysis of There was, before me by Stephen Crane 55 Comments
2067 There was crimson clash of war. Comments and analysis of There was crimson clash of war. by Stephen Crane 49 Comments
2056 "Have you ever made a just man?" Comments and analysis of 10 Comments
1918 Charity thou art a lie, Comments and analysis of Charity thou art a lie, by Stephen Crane 20 Comments
1918 There were many who went in huddled procession Comments and analysis of There were many who went in huddled procession by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
1900 I walked in a desert Comments and analysis of I walked in a desert by Stephen Crane 310 Comments
1869 The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds Comments and analysis of The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds by Stephen Crane 8 Comments
1812 "Truth," said a traveller Comments and analysis of 336 Comments
1738 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
1693 A man went before a strange God Comments and analysis of A man went before a strange God by Stephen Crane 103 Comments
1612 Should the wide world roll away, Comments and analysis of Should the wide world roll away, by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
1489 Tradition, thou art for suckling children Comments and analysis of Tradition, thou art for suckling children by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
1452 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 153 Comments
1396 "Think as I think," said a man Comments and analysis of 16 Comments
1319 "It was wrong to do this," said the angel Comments and analysis of 3 Comments
1241 The successful man has thrust himself Comments and analysis of The successful man has thrust himself by Stephen Crane 15 Comments
1240 Once, I knew a fine song
1235 If I should cast off this tattered coat Comments and analysis of If I should cast off this tattered coat by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
1078 In the desert Comments and analysis of In the desert by Stephen Crane 919 Comments
1071 Once there came a man Comments and analysis of Once there came a man by Stephen Crane 84 Comments
989 There was a land where lived no violets. Comments and analysis of There was a land where lived no violets. by Stephen Crane 25 Comments
986 "I have heard the sunset song of the birches," Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
960 I stood musing in a black world Comments and analysis of I stood musing in a black world by Stephen Crane 235 Comments
931 "Tell brave deeds of war." Comments and analysis of 1 Comment
819 Once a man clambering to the housetops Comments and analysis of Once a man clambering to the housetops by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
688 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
675 When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Comments and analysis of When the prophet, a complacent fat man, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
662 I saw a man pursuing the horizon Comments and analysis of I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane 43 Comments
636 Ay, workman, make me a dream, Comments and analysis of Ay, workman, make me a dream, by Stephen Crane 39 Comments
571 The ocean said to me once Comments and analysis of The ocean said to me once by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
491 Blustering God
308 And you love me Comments and analysis of And you love me by Stephen Crane 105 Comments
305 Fast rode the knight Comments and analysis of Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane 310 Comments
229 You tell me this is God? Comments and analysis of You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane 38 Comments
205 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 10 Comments
202 In the night
197 There was a man and a woman
165 On the desert
133 A man toiled on a burning road Comments and analysis of A man toiled on a burning road by Stephen Crane 475 Comments
126 A youth in apparel that glittered Comments and analysis of A youth in apparel that glittered by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
117 God lay dead in heaven Comments and analysis of God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane 57 Comments
71 The impact of a dollar upon the heart


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