War is Kind - Stromp 1 Johnny Stromp October 24, 2009 Prof....

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Stromp 1 Johnny Stromp October 24, 2009 Prof. Wong English 2013 How “War is Kind” Stephen Crane’s poem, “War is Kind” is ironic beginning with the title. Some wonder why Crane would write this poem. It is not easily scene but Crane uses multiple perspectives about War and uses simple but highly descriptive words in contrast with innocence. He also uses constant repetition and bitter irony throughout the poem. In order to make sense of this poem the word choice is very important to understand. Then finally Crane’s background brings a lot to the table when understanding “War is Kind.” The simple but highly vivid words in contrast with innocence give most of the strength to this poem. From the first lines such bitterness and innocence is instantly utilized in the line “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.”(1) The maiden is clearly that of a brokenhearted wife who has received horrifying news of the loss of her new husband. However the sense of this line is made by the depiction in the next line “Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky” (2) which is evoked from the word “wild” that really expresses the awful, vivid moment of death. It then states “And
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course ENGL 1023 taught by Professor Wong during the Spring '10 term at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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War is Kind - Stromp 1 Johnny Stromp October 24, 2009 Prof....

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