Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February Crafting Poem

My February crafting poem is short and sweet. It is a humorous poem from a classical poet, Stephen Crane. Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. 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.

At the time of his death, Crane had become an important figure in American literature. He was nearly forgotten, however, until two decades later when critics revived interest in his life and work. Stylistically, Crane's writing is characterized by vivid intensity, distinctive dialects, and irony. Common themes involve fear, spiritual crises and social isolation. Although recognized primarily for The Red Badge of Courage, which has become an American classic, Crane is also known for short stories such as "The Open Boat", "The Blue Hotel", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", and The Monster. His writing made a deep impression on 20th century writers, most prominent among them Ernest Hemingway, and is thought to have inspired the Modernists and the Imagists.

Here is his poem:
A man said to the universe: 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."

My craft is another crochet square. This one is appropriately called "Galaxy." It is done in The Unique Sheep's Pashmi in Purple and Red fingering weight yarn. What beautiful colors. I designed this 8" square for the Crochet Block-of-the-Month Club. 

Thanks to Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting this Craft-a-Poem Challenge. I think I am up for it. :) 

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