Stephen Crane

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Short introduction to Stephen Crane. The Poem “The Heart” also referred to as “The Desert” is discussed.

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Stephen Crane

  1. 1. Stephen Crane November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 Carol Wolff
  2. 2. The Heart
  3. 3. Also Known as The Desert
  4. 4. Stephen   Crane <ul><li>Born November 1, 1871, in Newark, New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>He began writing at the age of 4 </li></ul><ul><li>By the time he was nine years old, both of his parents had died </li></ul><ul><li>1898- Crane moved to Sussex, England </li></ul><ul><li>At the age of twenty-eight, Stephen Crane died on 5 June 1900 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stephen  Townley  Crane <ul><li>He was a novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. </li></ul><ul><li>Common themes involve fear, spiritual crisis and social isolation </li></ul>
  6. 6. War Correspondent <ul><li>Covered the Greco-Turkish War </li></ul><ul><li>In Cuba, he covered the Spanish-American War  </li></ul><ul><li>He is the first American to portray war realistically from the point of view of the individual soldier not in a romantic way. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Heart 1 st verse <ul><li>In the desert </li></ul><ul><li>I saw a creature, naked, bestial, </li></ul><ul><li>Who, squatting upon the ground, </li></ul><ul><li> Held his heart in his hands, </li></ul><ul><li> And ate of it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Heart 2 nd verse <ul><li>I said: &quot;Is it good, friend?“ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It is bitter - bitter,&quot; he answered; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;But I like it </li></ul><ul><li>Because it is bitter, </li></ul><ul><li>And because it is my heart.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 9. Style <ul><li>free-verse poems </li></ul><ul><li>clear concise language </li></ul><ul><li>you see no or little rhyme or mechanics. </li></ul><ul><li>striking metaphors and images, imagery is vivid </li></ul><ul><li>Crane asks questions rather than providing answers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Analysis <ul><li>cynical view </li></ul><ul><li>sombre tone </li></ul><ul><li>man is more a victim of his fate than a decider of it </li></ul><ul><li>fate is really kind and frequently cruel. </li></ul>
  11. 11. My Opinion <ul><li>I believe this poem is saying that every individual is alone.  We have to go through this world with its many difficulties, disappointments, and total strife. </li></ul><ul><li>We eat away at ourselves by making constant compromises and sacrifices to our ideals in order to survive.  </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>We can’t seem to be satisfied with who and what we are. </li></ul><ul><li>Eating his heart could be a metaphor for the process of soul searching. What are you going to do with your pain, your bitterness, and trying to come to terms with your life? </li></ul><ul><li>After all we are responsible for our own lives and our own happiness. </li></ul>Carol Wolff

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