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Do Not Weep Essay

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“Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind”
“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” This famous quote was once said by one of the greatest prime minister in the history of Britain Winston Churchill. Prime Minister Churchill famous quote, during World War II, depicts the same meaning in the poem “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind” by Stephen Crane. In the poem “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind”, Stephen Crane writes the truths and lies about war which many people had heard one or the other in different situations which he phrases in his poem. This poem puts a spotlight on the soldier's love ones and the soldier at the same time which ...view middle of the document...

Crane also expresses or helps the reader to see through the eyes and the feelings of the soldier during a gruesome battle in war. On the view of the lover, its start at the very first line and whole first stanza of the poem, it also the title of the poem, “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind.”(1) Crane immediately takes the reader into mindset of the lover. When the poet continues with the first stanza of explaining to the maiden that her on war, I interpret it in a weird way other right. I believe crane was speaking to lover like he was the government and was a explaining that war is not bad but a necessary thing nerd in the world. In line 2 of the poem “because your lover threw wild hands towards the sky”(2), it seem like to me take crane way as to the lonely lover that her love die in a magnificent or a glorious way to dead . He also continue in the first stanza that war is kind, it was like he trying to convinced her that there is nothing wrong with war but the irony is that war is not kind. Especially to the ones who lose someone very precious to them. In the second stanza it goes explain the gruesome death of the maiden lover. “A field where a thousand corpses lie.” (11) In stanza 3 Crane goes on to tell the baby “do not weep, babe, for war is kind” (12) and “rages at his breath, gulped, and died” it was like he was telling the baby your father is died. I think he chose to write to a baby to show thaw readers that a father is also taken from a child. Furthermore, in line 24 Stephen crane wrote “mother whose head hung humble as a button on the bright splendid shroud of your son” (24-25). I know Crane previously wrote those three scenarios for the reader to understand that war is not kind. He wrote about a different scenario on hoe the after effects on a soldier death can happen to now lonely lover, a fatherless baby, and a mother who will out her son. Stephen word choice in poem also signifies soldiers are pawn in a very thoughtless game in chess. For example, “these men were born to drill and die” (8) and again point for them the virtue of slaughter (20). The word choices Stephen crane used in the poem “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind” was deliberately used to explain that war is not kind.
In addition the different scenarios Stephen crane use in “Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War is Kind”, the imagery he use to show the readers in the poem was magnificently disturbing. The poet only use the reader’s...

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