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A Man Said To The Universe:
(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."

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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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