When the prophet, a complacent fat man,

When the prophet, a complacent fat man,
Arrived at the mountain-top,
He cried: “Woe to my knowledge!
I intended to see good white lands
And bad black lands,
But the scene is grey.”

Analysis, meaning and summary of Stephen Crane's poem When the prophet, a complacent fat man,


  1. Peter C. Langella says:

    Religious dogmas, accepted and even exalted by society, represented by the “fat” prophet, face reality, they fail. Good and evil are a mire.

  2. Verna OBrien says:

    As I progress through my life, it is harder and harder to see too much in very stark, black & white terms, on most crucial matters the truth lies in the gray

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