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War Is Kind

by Stephen Crane


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Our Summary of War Is Kind by Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane's five-stanza poem titled 'War is Kind' has an ironic tone. Not many wars are thought of as kind. Crane uses the poem, through the speaker, to address the lover of a soldier who has died in battle. He tells the woman not to weep because of his death. Crane then employs a melodramatic image of the soldier's death with a riderless horse that gallops away from its fallen owner. This image is reminiscent of scenes in Western movies. In the second stanza, the speaker presents generalized images of war, which include references to a soldier's exhaustion and resignation. The soldiers are drilled to die. By stanza three, the speaker presents an image of a flag, swift and blazing. By the end of 'War is Kind,' the heart of a mother is presented in mourning. The mother can't be consoled, which contributes to the irony of the title.

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