Posted by: Tom Triumph | February 15, 2009

14. In the Desert: Stephen Crane

This poem is just odd.  The visual is great, and when you act it out the kids get all bewildered.  As the class breaks it down, I often become the beast to make my point, chomping on that heart like an apple.  It is a great war poem, and can lead to an interesting discussion on what makes a “true war story” (see Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried, especially the chapter “How to Tell a War Story”)

In the Desert
by Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter – bitter”, he answered,
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.”

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Responses

  1. sometimes man can do odd deeds when there is noway else in order to survive. But a man of faith never breaks the laws of nature he surrenders to death .


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