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We ask writers to introduce us to their favorite poets via a few poetic lines for our Stanzas web feature. This week, Armen Davoudian, whose poem “The Palace of Forty Pillars” was published in our Summer 2019 issue, looks at the first stanza of Hart Crane’s “To Brooklyn Bridge.”
Sustained review and repeated readings of certain poems illuminate the depths into which one drops on the first reading rather than deepening one’s understanding. In the Spring of 2008, I came across a copy of Hart Crane’s The Bridge in the Austrian Public Library in Vienna, where my family and I were waiting for our immigration papers on our way from Iran to the United States. With just a smattering of German and a smidgeon of English, I happily attributed Crane’s difficulties to my own lack of linguistic proficiency.
I had no idea what a Linzer torte was made of at the time, but I liked the flavor. T. S. Eliot argued that “genuine poetry should communicate before it is understood,” explaining his early attraction to “poets in languages in which I was unskilled.” But how do you communicate?
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Hart Crane’s first and only attempt at a long poem, The Bridge, was first published in 1930 by the Black Sun Press. (Its primary status as an epic or a collection of lyrical poems is debatable; recent criticism appears to read it as a hybrid, perhaps indicating the emergence of a new form, the “modernist epic.”) (1.)
The Brooklyn Bridge, New York City’s “poetry landmark,” was the inspiration for the Bridge. Crane lived at 110 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn for a time, where he had a great view of the bridge; it was only after it was completed that Crane discovered that one of the bridge’s main architects, Washington Roebling, had once lived at the same address. [three]
The short lyrical ode to the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City that opens the sequence and serves as an introduction (and New York City’s urban landscape remains a dominant presence throughout the book) is called “Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge.” “Ave Maria” starts the first longer sequence labeled Roman numeral I, which explains Columbus’ eastward return from his accidental voyage to the Americas, after this ode. The title of the piece is based on Columbus’ claim that his crew’s survival across the Atlantic Ocean was due to “the Virgin Mary’s intercession.” (5) The poem’s second major portion, “Powhatan’s Daughter,” is divided into five sections, one of which, titled “The River,” follows a group of vagabonds traveling west through America by train in the twentieth century. Crane combines advertising and references Minstrel shows in “The River.” “The rhythm [in this section] is jazz,” he wrote in a letter. (5) Pocahontas (also known as “Powhatan’s Daughter”) is included, as well as a segment on the fictional character Rip Van Winkle.
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Hart Crane’s poem “To Brooklyn Bridge” is a meditation on the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is portrayed by the poet at various times of the day. The poet was awestruck by the bridge’s overall appearance, which resembles a magnanimous god-like figure. The poem has a devotional quality to it, as it adores every aspect of the bridge. The bridge, despite being a sign of modernity, invites many romantic ideas to the poet. From a distance, he finds calm when he sees the bridge resting in its mechanical body.
The picture of seagulls flying over the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn opens Hart Crane’s poem “To Brooklyn Bridge.” Following that, the poet moves on to contemporary images such as a page of figures filed away and a movie screen. In addition, the poet draws a view of the silvery bridge at sunrise. The poet then moves from describing the bridge to describing a crazy person who leaps off the bridge. The poet connects supernatural elements with the bridge in the following stanzas. Furthermore, he assumes that the bridge connects the earth and the heavens. Finally, the bridge is asked to come down from its height and become one of them.
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It can be remembered that he is the author of “White Buildings,” a collection of poems that drew praise from Eugene O’Neill. “The Bridge” is bound to garner acclaim, and rightly so. This, from the publisher’s note on the jacket — or, as we were tempted to call it, the publisher’s “grace” note — reflects one point of view. The paragraph continues, “Dedicated to Brooklyn Bridge, this poem is a synthesis of ideals, past and present.”
This leads to the conclusion that “The Bridge” is exceptional in both material and presentation. This is right. But the question would be whether the poet has sacrificed contacts with others in his search for individuality for his poem.
And, although the following appears to be extremely successful, closer inspection shows that its effectiveness is due to its lack of intelligibility rather than its intelligibility. That is to say, it has a purely fictitious efficacy, as it has none.
Perhaps the author understands this stanza. The new commentator is able to say that he doesn’t know. However, it’s possible that Hart Crane isn’t looking for clarity in the traditional sense of the word. It’s probable that a new theory of gravity exists.