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Stephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American novelist, poet and journalist. He is best known for his novel Red Badge of Courage (1895). The novel introduced for most readers Crane's strikingly original prose, an intensely rendered mix of impressionism, naturalism and symbolism. He lived in New York City a bohemian life where he observed the poor in the Bowery slums as researcStephen Crane (1871-1900) was an American novelist, poet and journalist. He is best known for his novel Red Badge of Courage (1895). The novel introduced for most readers Crane's strikingly original prose, an intensely rendered mix of impressionism, naturalism and symbolism. He lived in New York City a bohemian life where he observed the poor in the Bowery slums as research for his first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893), a milestone in uncompromising realism and in the early development of literary naturalism. He became shipwrecked in route to Cuba in early 1897, an experience which he later transformed into his short story masterpiece, The Open Boat (1898). Crane's poetry, which he called 'lines' rather than poems, was also strikingly new in its minimalist meter and rhyme. It employed symbolic imagery in order to communicate at times heavy-handed irony and paradox. Other works include Active Service (1899), The Monster (1899), The Blue Hotel (1899), Whilomville Stories (1900) and Wounds in the Rain (1900)....

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Number of Pages : 100 Pages
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  • Darinda
    2019-03-05 13:09

    Read in The Stephen Crane Megapack: 94 Classic Works by the Author of The Red Badge of Courage.I wasn't aware of Stephen Crane's poetry until I came upon this book. It's a wonderful collection of short poems.Some of my favorites:In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, who, squatting upon the ground, Held his heart in his hands, And ate of it. I said, "Is it good, friend?" "It is bitter - bitter," he answered; "But I like it Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart."•A learned man came to me once. He said, "I know the way, - come." And I was overjoyed at this. Together we hastened. Soon, too soon, were we Where my eyes were useless, And I knew not the ways of my feet. I clung to the hand of my friend; But at last he cried, "I am lost."•There was a man who lived a life of fire. Even upon the fabric of time, Where purple becomes orange And orange purple, This life glowed, A dire red stain, indelible; Yet when he was dead, He saw that he had not lived.

  • Bruce
    2019-02-25 10:13

    Having read novels and short stories by the late 19th century American author, Stephen Crane, I had nonetheless heretofore never read his poetry. Born shortly after the end of the American Civil War, Crane was psychologically scarred by that event and its aftermath. He rejected any hint of Victorian charm and optimism, opting instead for a kind of bleak naturalism in his writing. I must admit that I found his poems startling. The poems contained in this volume are generally succinct, stark, and enigmatic, frequently plumbing the psyche of the narrator and reader alike. Reading them provides a glimpse into an additional side of Crane’s personality and talent. Perhaps I can do no more than quote a couple of them to share their general character.XXXIMany workmenBuilt a huge ball of masonryUpon a mountain-top.Then they went to the valley below,And turned to behold their work.“It is grand,” they said;They loved the thing.Of a sudden, it moved:It came upon them swiftly;It crushed them all to blood.But some had opportunity to squeal.XXXIVI stood upon a highway,And, behold, there cameMany strange pedlers.To me each one made gestures.Holding forth little images, saying,“This is my pattern of God.“Now this is the God I prefer.”But I said, “Hence!“Leave me with mine own,“And take you yours away;“I can’t buy of your patterns of God,“The little Gods you may rightly prefer.”Curious, no? What a strange man, what a strange author.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-27 06:21

    Sharp, short little poems -- a each dark joy to discover. The preface to my copy says that Hemingway was an admirer. I would go further and say that Hemingway was a copyist.

  • Lisajean
    2019-03-23 11:31

    I'm afraid of outgrowing my love of these poems. They seem meant for young hotheads, raging at God and man. Wonderful.

  • kris
    2019-03-07 07:20

    XLVIMany red devils ran from my heartAnd out onto the page,They were so tinyThe pen could mash them.And many struggled in the ink.It was strangeTo write in this red muckOf things from my heart.

  • Humphrey
    2019-03-01 14:22

    Symbolism is, like, so totally melodramatic.

  • Ross Holmes
    2019-02-27 14:29

    Crane has a lot of interesting ideas and images, but almost NEVER sees them through to their conclusion. This book is a case study in missed potential.

  • Skylar Burris
    2019-02-24 11:29

    Stephen Crane is not well known for his poetry, although I can't imagine why, except perhaps that it is driven by meaning rather than image, and we live in a time when sound matters more than sense. He was, presumably, an atheist, but I think his position, as presented in his poetry, is far more complex. He writes poems that negate God ("God lay dead in heaven"), poems that challenge God for His seeming aloofness ("A spirit sped," "God fashioned the ship of the world carefully"), poems that offer an almost tender view of God ("In heaven," "The livid lightenings flashed in the clouds"), and poems that depict the desperate struggles of a seeker ("I walked in a desert," "I was in the darkness," "Truth, said a traveler".). His poetry appears to be the cry of a disillusioned believer who occasionally experiences rays of hope, rather than the work of a confirmed naturalist. As such, I think it has the power to speak profoundly to both believers and nonbelievers. Crane's poetry is truly unique; I have not encountered any other work that resembles his concise, evocative style.

  • Joe
    2019-03-17 07:09

    It's convenient for me to imagine Modernism "began" in 1913. Turning to Crane to fill in that gap in poetry btwn Whitman & Stein-Pound-Eliot following threads I ran across in a McGann essay. Stephen Crane is there with the other Crane, Hart--and I'm imagining some resonances with Jack London. He was obeying Pounds' dictums RE: the image before they existed:Should the wide world roll away,Leaving black terror,Limitless night,Nor God, nor man,nor place to standWould be to me essential,If thou and thy white arms were there,And the fall to doom a long way. 1895!

  • Wesley Korpela
    2019-03-21 06:25

    Stephen Crane has a very unique way of writing poetry. His poems can be so distorted from reality that the scene and characters he takes you to aren't very visible in reality but yet you can still receive the message that he was trying to convey. It's similar to reading art, to me. (As you can obviously tell, he's my favorite poet). For these reasons and more, I find myself picking this book up time and time again.

  • Colin
    2019-03-09 14:22

    Though he's obviously more well known for his novels than for his poetry, Stephen Crane's poetic works are among some of my all-time-favorites. His poems share a sort of sharp sneering eye with Ezra Pound (another of my favorites) and are just beautifully impressionistic. Though some might complain that his imagery is too obvious, there's a plainness and a rawness in his work that really hits home for me.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-15 08:34

    Brother! Comrade! I really enjoyed Crane's lines. There were powerful ones describing struggles with God, Crane's struggle with his inner demons and a few lines about love. I particularly liked the ones about his internal struggle with good and evil. I wish the format of the poetry had been kept in the original style of all capital letters but it did not take away from the poetry by any means. I gave this five stars because the story Crane's poetry told was a familiar one.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-02 11:37

    My favorite book of poetry by my favorite poet. Crane is mostly known for his novels, but I believe his true strength lies in his short and decisive poems found in this collection. Like the "frozen moment of time" style of haikus, Crane's poems eschew lavender language and heavy description and favor focusing on one singular concept exemplified by the text, often in the form of a parable. Highly recommended. Free on Amazon and Gutenberg.

  • Nicole Rosito
    2019-02-28 06:29

    Some poems were wonderful, great imagery, great wisdom. Others were a bit on the preachy side. All in all a strong collection of poetry, by a man who's poetry probably doesn't get talked about enough.

  • Abby
    2019-03-12 13:21

    (the bitter heart in the desert poem)

  • Kevin
    2019-03-22 08:08

    Brilliant work in the short line. Crane feels somewhere between myth and pure image.

  • Laughing Tadpole
    2019-03-18 13:26

    Incredibly underrated poet. Anyone who loves poetry and beautiful prose should read this.

  • Matthew Baskerville
    2019-03-12 07:17

    These poems, or "lines" as Crane called them, are simple, yet impressively meaningful. These lines remind me somewhat of Gibran's "The Prophet."

  • Robert
    2019-03-13 13:30

    Dark and rich free verse. I didn't love every poem but it was mostly excellent. I'll read this again soon.

  • Leah Bush
    2019-02-26 14:33

    I was in the darkness; I could not see my words Nor the wishes of my heart. Then suddenly there was a great light- "Let me into the darkness again."

  • Pete Aldin
    2019-03-03 13:07

    Haunting. Vivid.