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War is Kind Summary & Analysis
by Stephen Crane

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Don't let the title fool you: Stephen Crane's "War Is Kind" is an anti-war poem. Using heavy irony, the poem pretends to praise war's virtues while actually showing war's horrors—including the death of a soldier, the sorrow of his loved ones, and the bloody battlefield on which he died. Crane likely drew inspiration from the brutality of the American Civil War and published "War Is Kind" in 1899 as the opening poem in a volume of the same title. This is, in fact, where "War Is Kind" gets its name from; Crane left the poem itself untitled in the collection.

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