Poem Analysis Of War Is Kind By Stephen Crane

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The poem of my selection is entitled War Is Kind, written by Stephen Crane. The title itself sounds ironic and full of mockery and I have decided to pick this poem for the analysis. I came across this very poem from a website, PoemHunter.Com which holds a significant amount of poems collection from famous and amateur poets as well as individuals all around the world. Amongst all the available poem, “War is kind” really intrigued myself. This poem consists of 5 stanzas. Stanzas 1 and 3 are five lines, stanzas 2 and 4 are six lines and stanza 5 is four lines. From the first glance, the content of this poem is about war, violence and death. As opposed to its title, “War is Kind” does not really tell the kindness of the war. It tells about the…show more content…
The poem has shown a highly sarcastic tone as it lists all the horrors of war, and then contrasts the depiction of the horrors with the line “War is kind.” In the first stanza, it is started with “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.” This could mean the writer is being ironic. War is not good at all and this is where he tried to argue the true nature of war. In the second and third lines of the same stanza, “Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky” “And the affrighted steed ran on alone,” Here the second lines means the maiden’s lover might be shot or killed in the war. The horse utilised by the deceased ran away leaving him behind. In the fourth and fifth lines, “Do not weep.” “War is kind.” Once again the writer tells the maiden not to weep because war is kind. These lines are refrain, which will be repeated in the third and fifth stanza. The message that is trying to be shown by the author is, although he used the phrase “Do not weep, war is kind” that does not mean the real situation of the war. In reality, it can be deducted through the poem that the he is extremely…show more content…
Firstly, the war is simply a deadly game that takes life and gives nothing in return. While the writer constantly states, “War is kind,” in reality, he is condemning the entire concept of war. War takes away lovers from their maidens, fathers from their children, sons from their mothers. It signifies nothing but death, heartbreak, loss, in short all kinds of misery. Throughout the poem, death is a major event as the writer states, “the affrighted steed ran on alone,” “These men were born to drill and die,” and “Raged at his breast, gulped and died.” The home is another theme which took place in the poem. The home is away from the battlefield but just because it's far away, doesn't mean it's not affected by war. The homes of the maiden, the babe, and the mother are broken into pieces. There is somebody missing in all of them which is a lover, a father, and a son. War doesn't just take lives nut it destroys homes and families as well. Patriotism is another theme tried to be raised by the writer. However, in this case that is not the matter. As in “These men were born to drill and die.” “Point for them the virtue of slaughter,” the soldiers does not depict patriotism in their action. They are just born to join the war and kill each
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