Three little birds in a row

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane

The American poet, novelist and short story writer, Stephen Crane is known as one of the pioneers of modern American Naturalism in literature. His writing is characterised by a vivid intensity, distinctive dialects and irony. His main themes are fear, spiritual crisis and social isolation.

His Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, a classic of American literature, won international acclaim.

Three little birds in a row

Sat musing.

A man passed near that place.

Then did the little birds nudge each other.

They said, "He thinks he can sing."

They threw back their heads to laugh.

With quaint countenances

They regarded him.

They were very curious,

Those three little birds in a row.

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