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War is Kind

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Author: Stephen Crane
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,728 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,103
Added to site: 2006.08.20 14543
Genres: Poetry, Audiobook, War

And thou art a wary violet,
Drooping from sun-caresses,
Answering mine carelessly--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art the ashes of other men's love,
And I bury my face in these ashes,
And I love them--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art the beard
On another man's face--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art a temple,
And in this temple is an altar,
And on this altar is my heart--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art a wretch.
Let these sacred love-lies choke thee,
From I am come to where I know your lies

as truth
And you truth as lies--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art a priestess,
And in they hand is a bloody dagger,
And my doom comes to me surely--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And thou art a skull with ruby eyes,
And I love thee--
Woe is me.

Thou art my love,
And I doubt thee.
And if peace came with

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

There seem to be at least two poems here. Crane can write short, pithy, poems, but this is long and indirectly preachy. He doesn't preach, he lets the sea and the trees and a seashell preach.
It's a curiosity, but not very good poetry.


This book is amazing, it describes the horrors of war from different points of view, it was realistic and Im sure that the author wanted to make us think about how unnecessary is war for this world!!!!



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