In the Poetic Sense
Stephen Crane was an interesting fellow. Though raised in a strict, religious family, he fell in love with the madam of a brothel and stayed with her until his much too early death at the age of twenty-eight from tuberculosis.
He is best known for his novel The Red Badge of Courage, but I have always loved his poetry, his terse verse, more. His poems and stories are filled with irony. As evidence:
A man said to the universe:
"Sir," I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."