"I saw a man pursuing the horizon"

By Stephen Crane 1871–1900 Stephen Crane
I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;   
I accosted the man.
“It is futile,” I said,
“You can never —”

“You lie,” he cried,   
And ran on.

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Poet Stephen Crane 1871–1900

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Travels & Journeys

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 Stephen  Crane

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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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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Travels & Journeys

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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