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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
30703 The wayfarer, Comments and analysis of The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane 525 Comments
24783 Once there came a man Comments and analysis of Once there came a man by Stephen Crane 83 Comments
20861 God lay dead in heaven Comments and analysis of God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane 43 Comments
20445 Love walked alone Comments and analysis of Love walked alone by Stephen Crane 44 Comments
18454 Places among the stars Comments and analysis of Places among the stars by Stephen Crane 223 Comments
18188 I looked here Comments and analysis of I looked here by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
17828 The ocean said to me once Comments and analysis of The ocean said to me once by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
17269 Once I saw mountains angry Comments and analysis of Once I saw mountains angry by Stephen Crane 46 Comments
16444 A learned man came to me once Comments and analysis of A learned man came to me once by Stephen Crane 275 Comments
15483 Supposing that I should have the courage Comments and analysis of Supposing that I should have the courage by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
14719 "And the sins of the fathers shall be" Comments and analysis of 8 Comments
14595 The trees in the garden rained flowers. Comments and analysis of The trees in the garden rained flowers. by Stephen Crane 46 Comments
13775 Walking in the sky Comments and analysis of Walking in the sky by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
13686 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 5 Comments
12828 Behold, the grave of a wicked man Comments and analysis of Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane 85 Comments
12056 "What says the sea, little shell?" Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
11999 You tell me this is God? Comments and analysis of You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane 37 Comments
11670 There was one I met upon the road Comments and analysis of There was one I met upon the road by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
11406 A spirit sped Comments and analysis of A spirit sped by Stephen Crane 244 Comments
11306 I stood musing in a black world Comments and analysis of I stood musing in a black world by Stephen Crane 234 Comments
10915 You say you are holy Comments and analysis of You say you are holy by Stephen Crane 249 Comments
10796 I stood upon a highway
10774 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 20 Comments
10761 Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Comments and analysis of Why do you strive for greatness, fool? by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
10285 There was a man and a woman
10230 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 30 Comments
10164 When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Comments and analysis of When the prophet, a complacent fat man, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
9488 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
9133 On the desert
9107 There came whisperings in the winds Comments and analysis of There came whisperings in the winds by Stephen Crane 23 Comments
9056 A man toiled on a burning road Comments and analysis of A man toiled on a burning road by Stephen Crane 474 Comments
8822 A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices Comments and analysis of A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices by Stephen Crane 33 Comments
8692 A little ink more or less! Comments and analysis of A little ink more or less! by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
8682 The impact of a dollar upon the heart
7865 On the horizon the peaks assembled Comments and analysis of On the horizon the peaks assembled by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
7789 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
7580 Ay, workman, make me a dream, Comments and analysis of Ay, workman, make me a dream, by Stephen Crane 39 Comments
7330 With eye and with gesture Comments and analysis of With eye and with gesture by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
7180 Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground Comments and analysis of Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane 17 Comments
7030 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
6970 Each small gleam was a voice,
6894 The sage lectured brilliantly
6892 A slant of sun on dull brown walls,
6531 Forth went the candid man
6294 There was a great cathedral Comments and analysis of There was a great cathedral by Stephen Crane 27 Comments
4162 In heaven Comments and analysis of In heaven by Stephen Crane 553 Comments
3953 Many red devils ran from my heart Comments and analysis of Many red devils ran from my heart by Stephen Crane 26 Comments
3828 God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. Comments and analysis of God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. by Stephen Crane 523 Comments
3426 And you love me Comments and analysis of And you love me by Stephen Crane 102 Comments
3381 Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind Comments and analysis of Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane 472 Comments
3187 Fast rode the knight Comments and analysis of Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane 302 Comments
2746 Three little birds in a row Comments and analysis of Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane 37 Comments
2712 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 139 Comments
2707 A god in wrath Comments and analysis of A god in wrath by Stephen Crane 514 Comments
2086 In a lonely place, Comments and analysis of In a lonely place, by Stephen Crane 264 Comments
1857 I was in the darkness Comments and analysis of I was in the darkness by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
1798 A youth in apparel that glittered Comments and analysis of A youth in apparel that glittered by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
1757 Upon the road of my life Comments and analysis of Upon the road of my life by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
1622 Two or three angels Comments and analysis of Two or three angels by Stephen Crane 63 Comments
1593 I saw a man pursuing the horizon Comments and analysis of I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane 33 Comments
1558 Black riders came from the sea. Comments and analysis of Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane 341 Comments
1490 There was set before me a mighty hill Comments and analysis of There was set before me a mighty hill by Stephen Crane 33 Comments
1404 Mystic shadow, bending near me, Comments and analysis of Mystic shadow, bending near me, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
1404 There was, before me Comments and analysis of There was, before me by Stephen Crane 54 Comments
1384 Once there was a man Comments and analysis of Once there was a man by Stephen Crane 39 Comments
1289 "Have you ever made a just man?" Comments and analysis of 9 Comments
1288 Charity thou art a lie, Comments and analysis of Charity thou art a lie, by Stephen Crane 18 Comments
1249 The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds Comments and analysis of The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
1160 "I have heard the sunset song of the birches," Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
1150 Yes, I have a thousand tongues Comments and analysis of Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane 96 Comments
1008 I stood upon a high place, Comments and analysis of I stood upon a high place, by Stephen Crane 13 Comments
974 Tradition, thou art for suckling children Comments and analysis of Tradition, thou art for suckling children by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
961 There were many who went in huddled procession Comments and analysis of There were many who went in huddled procession by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
680 A man said to the universe: Comments and analysis of A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane 57 Comments
646 Once, I knew a fine song
628 There was crimson clash of war. Comments and analysis of There was crimson clash of war. by Stephen Crane 36 Comments
593 The successful man has thrust himself Comments and analysis of The successful man has thrust himself by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
498 Should the wide world roll away, Comments and analysis of Should the wide world roll away, by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
497 Many workmen Comments and analysis of Many workmen by Stephen Crane 287 Comments
496 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
467 I met a seer Comments and analysis of I met a seer by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
383 "It was wrong to do this," said the angel Comments and analysis of 3 Comments
370 If I should cast off this tattered coat Comments and analysis of If I should cast off this tattered coat by Stephen Crane 13 Comments
343 I walked in a desert Comments and analysis of I walked in a desert by Stephen Crane 309 Comments
316 A man went before a strange God Comments and analysis of A man went before a strange God by Stephen Crane 90 Comments
248 There was a land where lived no violets. Comments and analysis of There was a land where lived no violets. by Stephen Crane 23 Comments
209 Once a man clambering to the housetops Comments and analysis of Once a man clambering to the housetops by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
196 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
173 In the night
24 Blustering God
12 To the maiden Comments and analysis of To the maiden by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
6 "Truth," said a traveller Comments and analysis of 329 Comments
3 "Tell brave deeds of war." Comments and analysis of 1 Comment
1 In the desert Comments and analysis of In the desert by Stephen Crane 897 Comments
1 "Think as I think," said a man Comments and analysis of 16 Comments


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