"Once there came a man"

By Stephen Crane 1871–1900 Stephen Crane
Once there came a man
Who said:   
“Range me all men of the world in rows.”
And instantly   
There was a terrific clamor among the people
Against being ranged in rows.
There was a loud quarrel, world-wide.
It endured for ages;
And blood was shed
By those who would not stand in rows,
And by those who pined to stand in rows.
Eventually, the man went to death, weeping.
And those who stayed in the bloody scuffle
Knew not the great simplicity.

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Poet Stephen Crane 1871–1900

Subjects Social Commentaries

 Stephen  Crane

Biography

Stephen Crane was one of America's foremost realistic writers, and his works have been credited with marking the beginning of modern American Naturalism. His Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage (1895) is a classic of American literature that realistically depicts the psychological complexities of fear and courage on the battlefield. Influenced by William Dean Howells's theory of realism, Crane utilized his keen . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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