The Black Riders and Other Lines (Great Classics #5) (Paperback)

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The Black Riders and Other Lines is a book of poetry written by American author Stephen Crane.

The poems contained in this volume are generally succinct, stark, and enigmatic, frequently plumbing the psyche of the narrator and reader alike.

Crane is mostly known for his novels, but his true strength lies in his short and decisive poems found in this collection. Like the "frozen moment of time" style of haikus, Crane's poems eschew lavender language and heavy description and favor focusing on one singular concept exemplified by the text, often in the form of a parable.

Some Poems from the Book:

Yes, I have a thousand tongues,
And nine and ninety-nine lie.
Though I strive to use the one,
It will make no melody at my will,
But is dead in my mouth.

I stood upon a highway,
And, behold, there came
Many strange pedlers.
To me each one made gestures.
Holding forth little images, saying,
"This is my pattern of God.
"Now this is the God I prefer."

I met a seer.
He held in his hands
The book of wisdom.
"Sir," I addressed him,
"Let me read."
"Child-" he began.
"Sir," I said,
"Think not that I am a child,
"For already I know much
"Of that which you hold.
"Aye, much."

He smiled.
Then he opened the book
And held it before me.-
Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.

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About the Author

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 - June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. The ninth surviving child of Protestant Methodist parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university studies, he left college in 1891 to work as a reporter and writer. Crane's first novel was the 1893 Bowery tale Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, generally considered by critics to be the first work of American literary Naturalism. He won international acclaim in 1895 for his Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which he wrote without having any battle experience. As a child, Stephen was often sickly and afflicted by constant colds. When the boy was almost two, his father wrote in his diary that his youngest son became "so sick that we are anxious about him." In four years, Crane published five novels, two volumes of poetry, three short story collections, two books of war stories, and numerous works of short fiction and reporting. Today he is mainly remembered for The Red Badge of Courage, which is regarded as an American classic. The novel has been adapted several times for the screen, including John Huston's 1951 version.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781536900316
ISBN-10: 1536900311
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2016
Pages: 42
Language: English
Series: Great Classics