Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Poets' Corner - Stephen Crane | The Ogre

Don Nigro's The Ogre centers around famed American author and poet, Stephen Crane, in the final years of his life.  Crane's poems, which he preferred to call "lines," embodied an unconventional poetic style for the time, written in free verse without rhyme, meter or titles for individual works.  

Tell me why, behind thee,
I see always the shadow of another lover?
Is it real
Or is this the thrice-damned memory of a better happiness?
Plague on him if he be dead
Plague on him if he be alive
A swinish numbskull
To intrude his shade
Always between me and my peace.
- Stephen Crane

Published by Cornell University Press

Love walked alone.
The rocks cut her tender fee,
And the brambles tore her fair limbs.
There came a companion to her,
But, alas, he was no help,
For his name was heart's pain.
- Stephen Crane

• Hoffman, Daniel. 1967. "Crane and Poetic Tradition". Stephen Crane: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Maurice Bassan. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc.. Pg. 64

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