Supposing that I should have the courage

Supposing that I should have the courage
To let a red sword of virtue
Plunge into my heart,
Letting to the weeds of the ground
My sinful blood,
What can you offer me?
A gardened castle?
A flowery kingdom?

What? A hope?
Then hence with your red sword of virtue.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Stephen Crane's poem Supposing that I should have the courage


  1. Joshua says:

    Crane will not die for a God/country/state that offers nothing but false things.

  2. Luis Bunuel says:

    An evocative visceral plea to not cast idle judgement.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I was researching for my English project and I finally found one which really fits to my subject!!Especially, Atticus, from the story called “to kill a mockingbird” resembles this poem. Thank you!

  4. Samantha says:

    I think that this poem is relly touching and inspiring so keep going with your great poetry and making peoples days that little bit brighter thank-you

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