Fast rode the knight

Fast rode the knight

Unfortunately, the live of Stephen Crane ended when he was only 28 years old. The legacy of this writer, journalist and poet consists of a period of intense writing between 1893 and 1900. This is the poem Fast rode knight.

Stephen CraneAbout Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (November 1 1871 – June 5 1900) started in Newark (New Jersey, US). He would become a novelist, journalist and a poet. He was one of the fourteen(!) children of the Crane family and started writing at a very young age.

Crane studies at the Syracyse University in New York and wrote about the living conditions in the city and especially those parts of the city, where people lived in poverty. Those living conditions would be a subject of his writings as a journalist. These also lead to the publication of his first novel: Maggie: a girl of the streets (1893). Because of the theme, the book told about a prostitute, it wasn’t well received. His second novel, The red badge of courage (1895) was hailed by critics. This was about a young soldier, who witnessed the American Cival War.

Two years before he died, Crane decided to move to Sussex in England. He was also appointed as war correspondent. He was send to the Spanish-American conflict. During that period, the ship he was on, shipwrecked and Crane had to spend several days on a small boat. His condition worsened. At the age of 28 years old, he died of tuberculosis at a sanatorium in the German town Badenweiler.

 Fast rode the knight

Fast rode the knight

By Stephen Crane

Fast rode the knight
With spurs, hot and reeking,
Ever waving an eager sword,
“To save my lady!”
Fast rode the knIght,
And leaped from saddle to war.
Men of steel flickered and gleamed
Like riot of silver lights,
And the gold of the knight’s good banner
Still waved on a castle wall.
. . . . .
A horse,
Blowing, staggering, bloody thing,
Forgotten at foot of castle wall.
A horse
Dead at foot of castle wall.

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