War Is Kind and Other Lines

Author: Stephen Crane  | Date: 1899


A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices

Which, bawled by boys from mile to mile,

Spreads its curious opinion

To a million merciful and sneering men,

While families cuddle the joys of the fireside

When spurred by tale of dire lone agony.

A newspaper is a court

Where every one is kindly and unfairly tried

By a squalor of honest men.

A newspaper is a market

Where wisdom sells its freedom

And melons are crowned by the crowd.

A newspaper is a game

Where his error scores the player victory

While another’s skill wins death.

A newspaper is a symbol;

It is feckless life’s chronicle,

A collection of loud tales

Concentrating eternal stupidities,

That in remote ages lived unhaltered,

Roaming through a fenceless world.


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Chicago: Stephen Crane, "XII," War Is Kind and Other Lines Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8S15174AI4MWGLT.

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