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To Brooklyn Bridge

Hart Crane

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Sad Memories
Added by: Paul
Almost 35 years ago I wrote my college thesis about Crane's Brooklyn Bridge. In that paper I disparaged it something awful, .e., loose, unconnected, cut and paste, etc. I remember saying Crane was incapable of writing a long work as he was a lyric poet. I regret my words and my paper. You gotta live to learn better!
brooklyn bridge
Added by: mike
my final is a comparison between Donne's metaphysical poetry(The Flea", "Valediction: forbidding of Mourning") and how they inspired Crane with "To Brooklyn Bridge". MY question is how one can compare Crane's useage of the bridge to Donne's comparisons of love. It seems as though Donne's emphasis is that of love(everything revolves around that), I do not see Crane's emphasis(besides the actual bridge itself)
crane-from the bridge
Added by: Mary
This poem relates to metaphysical comparisons to that of Donne because Donne refers to religion in his poems, specifically in Sonnet 18. Crane is so obviously relating the brooklyn bridge as a metaphor for freedom that is more or less equated to the level of god by the end of the poem. This is done by several words that can be interepreted literally or in relation to religion. Literally they refer to the structure of the bridge, metaphorically they refer to the power of god and religion. If anything the poem is about Gods love and power which is holding up the bridge which is freedom- a force portrayed to be as historically progressive as the biblical stories of christ...specifically noted by the last line of the poem.
Symbolism of the Bridge
Added by: alice
It's permenance. The bridge is symbolic of the desire of man and Hart Crane himself for immortality. Crane watched that bridge daily and saw it as something grand and permenant and thusly strove to achieve that lasting quality in his work. This is what drove him to his death. What Crane failed to realize is that the bridge was not permenant. The river was there long before and will be there long after the bridge is gone and there are things that were there before the river and will be there after the river floods or dries. This duality of a misunderstood desire is what makes the poem moving and tragic.

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