The Black Riders and Other Lines

The Black Riders and Other Lines Stephen Crane was an American novelist poet and journalist He is best known for his novel Red Badge of Courage The novel introduced for most readers Crane s strikingly original prose

  • Title: The Black Riders and Other Lines
  • Author: Stephen Crane
  • ISBN: 9781893173026
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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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    1. 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 m [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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.

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

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 offe [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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 and Gutenberg.

    13. 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.

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

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

    16. 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."umAWESOMEPANTS.

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