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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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55681 A man said to the universe: Comments and analysis of A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane 38 Comments
52212 Black riders came from the sea. Comments and analysis of Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane 223 Comments
37633 I saw a man pursuing the horizon Comments and analysis of I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
27859 The wayfarer, Comments and analysis of The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane 312 Comments
24865 "Think as I think," said a man Comments and analysis of 15 Comments
23520 Once there came a man Comments and analysis of Once there came a man by Stephen Crane 67 Comments
20149 "Truth," said a traveller Comments and analysis of 208 Comments
19077 Love walked alone Comments and analysis of Love walked alone by Stephen Crane 23 Comments
19055 God lay dead in heaven Comments and analysis of God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane 27 Comments
17099 I looked here Comments and analysis of I looked here by Stephen Crane 8 Comments
16937 Places among the stars Comments and analysis of Places among the stars by Stephen Crane 121 Comments
16323 The ocean said to me once Comments and analysis of The ocean said to me once by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
15647 Once I saw mountains angry Comments and analysis of Once I saw mountains angry by Stephen Crane 33 Comments
14873 A learned man came to me once Comments and analysis of A learned man came to me once by Stephen Crane 173 Comments
14160 I met a seer Comments and analysis of I met a seer by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
13846 Supposing that I should have the courage Comments and analysis of Supposing that I should have the courage by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
13798 "And the sins of the fathers shall be" Comments and analysis of 8 Comments
13320 The trees in the garden rained flowers. Comments and analysis of The trees in the garden rained flowers. by Stephen Crane 26 Comments
12992 Walking in the sky Comments and analysis of Walking in the sky by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
12711 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 2 Comments
12524 Should the wide world roll away, Comments and analysis of Should the wide world roll away, by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
12464 "Tell brave deeds of war." Comments and analysis of 1 Comment
11609 Behold, the grave of a wicked man Comments and analysis of Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane 73 Comments
11343 "What says the sea, little shell?" Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
11183 Many workmen Comments and analysis of Many workmen by Stephen Crane 182 Comments
11164 You tell me this is God? Comments and analysis of You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane 26 Comments
11161 "It was wrong to do this," said the angel Comments and analysis of 3 Comments
11038 In the night
10875 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
10486 A spirit sped Comments and analysis of A spirit sped by Stephen Crane 133 Comments
10025 I stood upon a highway
10021 You say you are holy Comments and analysis of You say you are holy by Stephen Crane 155 Comments
9995 Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Comments and analysis of Why do you strive for greatness, fool? by Stephen Crane 11 Comments
9988 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 14 Comments
9983 Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind Comments and analysis of Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane 361 Comments
9881 I stood musing in a black world Comments and analysis of I stood musing in a black world by Stephen Crane 135 Comments
9715 There were many who went in huddled procession Comments and analysis of There were many who went in huddled procession by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
9690 The successful man has thrust himself Comments and analysis of The successful man has thrust himself by Stephen Crane 9 Comments
9538 There was a man and a woman
9198 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
9187 If I should cast off this tattered coat Comments and analysis of If I should cast off this tattered coat by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
9030 When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Comments and analysis of When the prophet, a complacent fat man, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
8508 On the desert
8494 There was a man who lived a life of fire
8443 There came whisperings in the winds Comments and analysis of There came whisperings in the winds by Stephen Crane 21 Comments
8212 A man toiled on a burning road Comments and analysis of A man toiled on a burning road by Stephen Crane 289 Comments
7918 The impact of a dollar upon the heart
7885 A little ink more or less! Comments and analysis of A little ink more or less! by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
7858 Blustering God
7744 A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices Comments and analysis of A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices by Stephen Crane 17 Comments
7088 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 7 Comments
7049 Once, I knew a fine song
7045 On the horizon the peaks assembled Comments and analysis of On the horizon the peaks assembled by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
6861 Ay, workman, make me a dream, Comments and analysis of Ay, workman, make me a dream, by Stephen Crane 32 Comments
6611 There was a land where lived no violets. Comments and analysis of There was a land where lived no violets. by Stephen Crane 14 Comments
6548 Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground Comments and analysis of Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane 11 Comments
6467 With eye and with gesture Comments and analysis of With eye and with gesture by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
6431 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
6252 The sage lectured brilliantly
6248 A slant of sun on dull brown walls,
6228 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
6224 Each small gleam was a voice,
5990 Forth went the candid man
5576 There was a great cathedral Comments and analysis of There was a great cathedral by Stephen Crane 24 Comments
4173 Once a man clambering to the housetops Comments and analysis of Once a man clambering to the housetops by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
3421 In the desert Comments and analysis of In the desert by Stephen Crane 563 Comments
1923 There was crimson clash of war. Comments and analysis of There was crimson clash of war. by Stephen Crane 16 Comments
1838 To the maiden Comments and analysis of To the maiden by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
1781 I stood upon a high place, Comments and analysis of I stood upon a high place, by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
1476 Many red devils ran from my heart Comments and analysis of Many red devils ran from my heart by Stephen Crane 10 Comments
1467 In heaven Comments and analysis of In heaven by Stephen Crane 335 Comments
1403 And you love me Comments and analysis of And you love me by Stephen Crane 78 Comments
1180 God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. Comments and analysis of God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. by Stephen Crane 329 Comments
1103 Fast rode the knight Comments and analysis of Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane 201 Comments
1075 Three little birds in a row Comments and analysis of Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
1071 Yes, I have a thousand tongues Comments and analysis of Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane 83 Comments
1024 I walked in a desert Comments and analysis of I walked in a desert by Stephen Crane 202 Comments
937 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 114 Comments
834 A god in wrath Comments and analysis of A god in wrath by Stephen Crane 314 Comments
675 A youth in apparel that glittered Comments and analysis of A youth in apparel that glittered by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
670 In a lonely place, Comments and analysis of In a lonely place, by Stephen Crane 157 Comments
661 I was in the darkness Comments and analysis of I was in the darkness by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
646 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
638 Two or three angels Comments and analysis of Two or three angels by Stephen Crane 53 Comments
612 A man went before a strange God Comments and analysis of A man went before a strange God by Stephen Crane 73 Comments
589 Once there was a man Comments and analysis of Once there was a man by Stephen Crane 36 Comments
545 Upon the road of my life Comments and analysis of Upon the road of my life by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
527 "Have you ever made a just man?" Comments and analysis of 5 Comments
523 There was, before me Comments and analysis of There was, before me by Stephen Crane 44 Comments
523 The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds Comments and analysis of The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
522 Mystic shadow, bending near me, Comments and analysis of Mystic shadow, bending near me, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
477 There was set before me a mighty hill Comments and analysis of There was set before me a mighty hill by Stephen Crane 24 Comments
471 Charity thou art a lie, Comments and analysis of Charity thou art a lie, by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
420 "I have heard the sunset song of the birches," Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
371 Tradition, thou art for suckling children Comments and analysis of Tradition, thou art for suckling children by Stephen Crane 1 Comment


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