Stephen Crane

(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 / New Jersey)

A Man Said To The Universe: - Poem by Stephen Crane

A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

Form: Epigram


Comments about A Man Said To The Universe: by Stephen Crane

  • (2/27/2018 8:51:00 AM)


    I read this poem decades ago as a college kid seeking meaning in life... I kept a copy in my wallet ever since... It has made all the difference in my life...now, my son keeps a copy in his wallet! it's the best teacher of self sufficiency! (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (11/1/2016 9:05:00 AM)


    Marvelous. Our existence either by chance or with a purpose is just one way pleasure. One could take it as pleasure for creator or pleasure for one self with no right for an answer. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/1/2016 2:12:00 AM)

    Man's Expectations
    Very well articulated poem. A man's expectations do not stop at any point of time or stage. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2016 9:34:00 PM)


    Does the universe owe us anything? No one stated it more succinctly and eloquently. (Report) Reply

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (11/15/2015 6:28:00 AM)


    One of my favorite verses! Posted for my Great Grand Sons on their wall!
    Dorothy Alves Holmes
    A Poet Who Loves To Sing
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  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (11/15/2015 6:27:00 AM)


    One of my favorite verses!
    Dorothy Alves Holmes
    A Poet Who Loves To Sing
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  • Dawn Fuzan (5/15/2014 9:46:00 AM)


    Stephen I like your uneque style. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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