A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
Stephen I like your uneque style.
Does the universe owe us anything? No one stated it more succinctly and eloquently.
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!
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.
Is it the most cynical or the most life-affirming statement ever? Either way, I've spent fifty years with it rattling around in my head.........but it won't go away. Neither should it.
If one does not consider GOD as the universe, then there is no sense of obligation >
Read this wonderful poem again after a long time. The attitude of the man and the Universe has not changed a bit!
Wonderfully concise poem..witty, yet deeply profound.
what poetic term did Crane use in " A Man Said to the Universe"
Well said. We may feel our importance but Universe is under no obligation to even acknowledge it.
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