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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
29304 The wayfarer, Comments and analysis of The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane 498 Comments
26904 "Think as I think," said a man Comments and analysis of 16 Comments
24099 Once there came a man Comments and analysis of Once there came a man by Stephen Crane 73 Comments
19888 God lay dead in heaven Comments and analysis of God lay dead in heaven by Stephen Crane 28 Comments
19754 Love walked alone Comments and analysis of Love walked alone by Stephen Crane 31 Comments
17655 Places among the stars Comments and analysis of Places among the stars by Stephen Crane 211 Comments
17579 I looked here Comments and analysis of I looked here by Stephen Crane 11 Comments
17041 The ocean said to me once Comments and analysis of The ocean said to me once by Stephen Crane 2 Comments
16387 Once I saw mountains angry Comments and analysis of Once I saw mountains angry by Stephen Crane 36 Comments
15601 A learned man came to me once Comments and analysis of A learned man came to me once by Stephen Crane 260 Comments
14585 Supposing that I should have the courage Comments and analysis of Supposing that I should have the courage by Stephen Crane 8 Comments
14230 "And the sins of the fathers shall be" Comments and analysis of 8 Comments
13935 The trees in the garden rained flowers. Comments and analysis of The trees in the garden rained flowers. by Stephen Crane 31 Comments
13334 Walking in the sky Comments and analysis of Walking in the sky by Stephen Crane 6 Comments
13181 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
12942 "Tell brave deeds of war." Comments and analysis of 1 Comment
12210 Behold, the grave of a wicked man Comments and analysis of Behold, the grave of a wicked man by Stephen Crane 78 Comments
12153 Many workmen Comments and analysis of Many workmen by Stephen Crane 269 Comments
11902 "It was wrong to do this," said the angel Comments and analysis of 3 Comments
11706 "What says the sea, little shell?" Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
11530 You tell me this is God? Comments and analysis of You tell me this is God? by Stephen Crane 30 Comments
11268 There was one I met upon the road Comments and analysis of There was one I met upon the road by Stephen Crane 9 Comments
10878 A spirit sped Comments and analysis of A spirit sped by Stephen Crane 224 Comments
10504 I stood musing in a black world Comments and analysis of I stood musing in a black world by Stephen Crane 225 Comments
10395 You say you are holy Comments and analysis of You say you are holy by Stephen Crane 239 Comments
10379 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 16 Comments
10335 I stood upon a highway
10331 Why do you strive for greatness, fool? Comments and analysis of Why do you strive for greatness, fool? by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
9889 There was a man and a woman
9869 If I should cast off this tattered coat Comments and analysis of If I should cast off this tattered coat by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
9670 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 29 Comments
9588 When the prophet, a complacent fat man, Comments and analysis of When the prophet, a complacent fat man, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
8952 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
8784 On the desert
8742 There came whisperings in the winds Comments and analysis of There came whisperings in the winds by Stephen Crane 22 Comments
8650 A man toiled on a burning road Comments and analysis of A man toiled on a burning road by Stephen Crane 466 Comments
8266 A little ink more or less! Comments and analysis of A little ink more or less! by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
8240 A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices Comments and analysis of A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices by Stephen Crane 20 Comments
8237 The impact of a dollar upon the heart
8148 Blustering God
7430 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 8 Comments
7426 On the horizon the peaks assembled Comments and analysis of On the horizon the peaks assembled by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
7157 Ay, workman, make me a dream, Comments and analysis of Ay, workman, make me a dream, by Stephen Crane 39 Comments
6859 Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground Comments and analysis of Friend, your white beard sweeps the ground by Stephen Crane 13 Comments
6856 There was a land where lived no violets. Comments and analysis of There was a land where lived no violets. by Stephen Crane 17 Comments
6756 With eye and with gesture Comments and analysis of With eye and with gesture by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
6702 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
6549 A slant of sun on dull brown walls,
6543 Each small gleam was a voice,
6527 The sage lectured brilliantly
6491 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
6215 Forth went the candid man
5888 There was a great cathedral Comments and analysis of There was a great cathedral by Stephen Crane 25 Comments
4394 Once a man clambering to the housetops Comments and analysis of Once a man clambering to the housetops by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
3913 I stood upon a high place, Comments and analysis of I stood upon a high place, by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
3826 To the maiden Comments and analysis of To the maiden by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
2852 In heaven Comments and analysis of In heaven by Stephen Crane 528 Comments
2809 Many red devils ran from my heart Comments and analysis of Many red devils ran from my heart by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
2453 God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. Comments and analysis of God fashioned the ship of the world carefully. by Stephen Crane 508 Comments
2404 And you love me Comments and analysis of And you love me by Stephen Crane 84 Comments
2072 In the desert Comments and analysis of In the desert by Stephen Crane 841 Comments
2037 Fast rode the knight Comments and analysis of Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane 292 Comments
1893 Three little birds in a row Comments and analysis of Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane 31 Comments
1792 I walked in a desert Comments and analysis of I walked in a desert by Stephen Crane 299 Comments
1758 A god in wrath Comments and analysis of A god in wrath by Stephen Crane 490 Comments
1754 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 125 Comments
1489 A man said to the universe: Comments and analysis of A man said to the universe: by Stephen Crane 44 Comments
1292 In a lonely place, Comments and analysis of In a lonely place, by Stephen Crane 255 Comments
1291 Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind Comments and analysis of Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind by Stephen Crane 453 Comments
1248 I was in the darkness Comments and analysis of I was in the darkness by Stephen Crane 4 Comments
1245 A youth in apparel that glittered Comments and analysis of A youth in apparel that glittered by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
1213 A man went before a strange God Comments and analysis of A man went before a strange God by Stephen Crane 79 Comments
1146 Two or three angels Comments and analysis of Two or three angels by Stephen Crane 56 Comments
1047 There was crimson clash of war. Comments and analysis of There was crimson clash of war. by Stephen Crane 19 Comments
1038 There was set before me a mighty hill Comments and analysis of There was set before me a mighty hill by Stephen Crane 27 Comments
1035 Upon the road of my life Comments and analysis of Upon the road of my life by Stephen Crane 3 Comments
963 Once there was a man Comments and analysis of Once there was a man by Stephen Crane 38 Comments
909 There was, before me Comments and analysis of There was, before me by Stephen Crane 49 Comments
897 "Have you ever made a just man?" Comments and analysis of 6 Comments
897 Mystic shadow, bending near me, Comments and analysis of Mystic shadow, bending near me, by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
858 The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds Comments and analysis of The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
809 Charity thou art a lie, Comments and analysis of Charity thou art a lie, by Stephen Crane 12 Comments
737 "I have heard the sunset song of the birches," Comments and analysis of 2 Comments
714 "Truth," said a traveller Comments and analysis of 307 Comments
668 Tradition, thou art for suckling children Comments and analysis of Tradition, thou art for suckling children by Stephen Crane 1 Comment
631 I met a seer Comments and analysis of I met a seer by Stephen Crane 5 Comments
533 I saw a man pursuing the horizon Comments and analysis of I saw a man pursuing the horizon by Stephen Crane 30 Comments
529 Should the wide world roll away, Comments and analysis of Should the wide world roll away, by Stephen Crane 7 Comments
523 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
490 Black riders came from the sea. Comments and analysis of Black riders came from the sea. by Stephen Crane 316 Comments
422 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
377 Yes, I have a thousand tongues Comments and analysis of Yes, I have a thousand tongues by Stephen Crane 88 Comments
265 The successful man has thrust himself Comments and analysis of The successful man has thrust himself by Stephen Crane 11 Comments
169 Once, I knew a fine song
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