Study Guide

War Is Kind Tough-o-Meter

By Stephen Crane


(2) Sea Level

"War is Kind" is pretty straightforward. There aren't really any crazy or confusing words, and for the most part the sentences are pretty easy, if sometimes a bit long. The one tricky thing about this poem has to do with tone. It's hard at times to figure out just what the speaker really thinks. Sometimes he seems ironic, sometimes earnest, and sometimes it's not clear. That confusion, however, is an important part of the experience of the poem, so buckle up and dive on in.