Rodney, Robert M.||Murray, Don, 1917-
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of English
Crane; Stephen; 1871-1900
All of Crane's writing is subjective, but the poems purport to be nothing else and so furnish the best key to his remarkable mind. Crane's "remarkable mind" was a mind troubled with religious and social conflicts. These conflicts are found in both his poetry and prose. However, Crane's poetry furnishes a presise account of the battles which raged within his mind. Writing to the editor of Leslie's Weekly in November of 1895, Crane expresses the value of his book of poetry. "I suppose I ought to be thankful to The Red Badge, but I am much fonder of my little book of poems, 'The Black Riders.' The reason, perhaps, is that it was a more ambitious effort. My aim was to comprehend in it the thoughts I have had about life in general, while The Red Badge is a mere episode in life, an amplification." Crane's thoughts about life in general are best understood through examination of the religious and social conflicts present in his poetry. The majority of Crane's poems dealing with religion and society are found between the covers of The Black Riders (1895). The few poems of War Is Kind (1897), "Columbia Manuscript," and the "Collected Poems" edited by Daniel Hoffman which treat the two subjects will be used to align parallel conflicts or to illustrate the development of a specific conflict.
Hass, Gene Albert, "Stephen Crane's poetry as an expression of his religious and social conflicts" (1960). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 5054.
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