Crane, Stephen. "Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind".
- an account of the horrors of war, claiming at the same time that "war is kind"
- young girl should not cry over her dead lover, a child should not weep for his father, a mother should not weep for her son for "war is kind"
- calls the field of thousand corpses the Kingdom of the Battle-God
- describes the battle atmosphere as swelling by "the unexplained glory" when killing is called "virtue"
- a poem of a relatively traditional form, for Crane
- strongly ironic
- juxtaposes the horrors of war with the claim that "war is kind"
- refuses to attach any positive quality to anything related to war ("glory" cannot be associated with war)
- warns against the worship of war heroes
AuthorCrane, Stephen. (1871 - 1900).
Full TitleUntitled, the first line is used for identification.
First PublishedIn: War Is Kind. 1899.
Crane, Stephen. "Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind". (1899). In: The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym et al. NY: Norton, 1989.