Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WAR IS KIND: 12, by STEPHEN CRANE



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WAR IS KIND: 12, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A newspaper is a collection of half-injustices
Last Line: Roaming through a fenceless world.
Variant Title(s): A Newspaper
Subject(s): Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


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 fetless life's chronicle,
A collection of loud tales
Concentrating eternal stupidities,
Roaming through a fenceless world.





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