March 02, 2005

"To Brooklyn Bridge"

Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267): Crane, ''To Brooklyn Bridge''

This poem is an ode to a man made structure, a bridge. I felt that it was a sort of celebration of man's achievement in building such a huge, magnificent structure. It's like saying to God "Beat That" ("lend a myth to God") or maybe saying that it's so great that it's hard to believe it was created by wretched mankind. I don't know, it was very rich in imagery, comparing the bridge to so many different things. Describing it was curving, shadowing, eternity. It is interesting to compare this with the World Trade Center poem in which the author is not overjoyed with the twin towers but doesn't like them until the end of the poem when he suddenly decides they aren't that bad. He spend the whole poem talking about how ugly they are as opposed to the one about Brooklyn Bridge where he praises it to no end.

Posted by MaryAnderson at March 2, 2005 04:31 PM | TrackBack

Mary... Excellent blog. I agree that Crane is definitely praising the structure, whereas Lehman does not begin to appreciate the World Trade Center until they are almost destroyed by the bombing attack.
One could also compare the writers' abilities to appreciate the structures in the poems. Whereas Crane is able to see beauty and hard work put into the bridge, Lehman is simply annoyed and frustrated with the "ugly monoliths" that lack detail, ornament, and character -- until the towers are almost taken away. This is relevant to many things... sometimes it takes a tragedy to realize the value and beauty of what is right in front of you...

Posted by: Kayla Turano at March 2, 2005 10:56 PM

I am sorry I didn't follow up on your comment (I read your blog portfolio) I have been really busy with all the other stuff plus I got more into commenting about Plath on your blog than this, I am glad that you commented and I welcome your comments in the future.

Posted by: Mary Anderson at March 3, 2005 10:35 PM
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