Hart Crane's 'The Bridge': An Annotated Edition

Hart Crane's 'The Bridge': An Annotated Edition

Lawrence Kramer


Hart Crane's lengthy poem The Bridge has progressively grown in stature because it used to be released in 1930. before everything branded a noble failure via a number of influential critics- a cost that grew to become traditional wisdom-this panoramic paintings is now generally considered as one of many best achievements of twentieth-century American poetry. It unites mythology and modernity as a method of coming to phrases with the guarantees, either stored and damaged, of yank experience.The Bridge is usually very tough. it really is good enjoyed yet now not good understood. imprecise and oblique allusions abound in it, a few of them at unusually wonderful degrees of element. the numerous references to concerns of lifestyle within the Twenties may well baffle or elude contemporary readers. the flowery compound metaphors that distinguish Crane's kind compile different assets in ways in which make it challenging to assert what, if whatever, goes onin the textual content. The poem is replete with topical and geographical references that call for explication in addition to identity. Many passages are easily incomprehensible with no exact wisdom, usually specified wisdom of a type that's not on hand even at the present time, whilst Google and Wikipedia are just a click on away.Until now, there was no unmarried resource to which a reader can opt for assist in figuring out and having fun with Crane's imaginative and prescient. there was no handy consultant to the poem's labyrinthine complexities and to its dense community of allusions-the hundreds of thousands of strandsthat, Crane boasted, needed to be taken care of out, researched, and interwovento compose the work.This ebook is that consultant. Its targeted and far-reaching annotations make The Bridge totally available, for the 1st time, to its readers, whether or not they are students, scholars, or just fans of poetry.

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