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A Man Said to the Universe

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


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem

“A Man Said to the Universe” was published in War Is Kind (Frederick A. Stokes, 1899). 


Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane, born in 1871, was a prolific writer of poetry and fiction.

Date Published: 2016-06-12

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