February 28, 2005

To Brooklyn Bridge

Ok so once I translated all of the words I didn't know (which were alot) I decided that "To Brooklyn Bridge" is about - the making of a building. I think that that they had to blow up the subway and they made the bridge over that part of the land or you can visibly see it from where the subway stands. Maybe something else will come to me and I'll get back to you... Wish me luck lol!!

How many beginnings are feared from his wavy or disturbed rest
The seagull's wings shall dip and move him,
Shedding white rings of riots or disturbences, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty--

Then, with a perfect curve, we saw with our eyes
As unusual as boats that cross
Images that would be covered by the final pieces of steel;
--Once they make elevators that will bring us down the floors in the buildings...

I think of cinemas and panoramic tricks
With multitudes bent toward some flashing scene ( I have no idea what that means)
Never uncovered, but hastened to again,
Told to other eyes who saw he same thing on the screen;

And Thee, across the harbor, silver-paced
As though the sun took step of thee, yet left
Some motion ever unspent in thy step,--
No doubt our freedom is staying here!

Out of some subway opening, cell or loft
A mentally ill person speeds to thy wall,
Staying there momently, loud noises arising
Laughter falls from the speechless travelers watching.

Down Wall, from a beam of steel into the street time passes
A rip-tooth of the sky's colorless gas explosion used on the buildings
All afternoon the cloud flown machines turn
Thy cables breathe the North Atlantic still.

And unseen as that heaven of Jews,
Thy reward... expression that they do honor
Of unacknowledgment time cannot raise:
Vibrant cancellations and forgiveness does show.
O talk and change, of the fury mixed together
Terrific achievement of the prophet's pledge
Prayer of the social outcast, and the lover's cry,--

Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift
Unfractioned idiom, pure sigh of stars
Design thy path -- condense eternity:
And we have seen night lifted in our arms.

Under the shadows by the piers I waited;
Only in darkness is the shadow clear
The City's fery packages all undone,
Already snow submerges an iron year...

O sleepless and the river under me,
Structure the sea, the flat land's dreaming is covered
To us the humble sometimes fall below, descend
And of the curveship lend a story to God.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 28, 2005 09:52 PM | TrackBack

I think that line "With multitudes bent toward some flashing scene" refers to a crowd of people gathered around a movie screen in a movie theater. I could be wrong but that's what I thought it meant.

Posted by: Mary Anderson at March 2, 2005 04:41 PM

Thanks for your opinion. I was really stuck on that one. What you said def. makes sense and helps me understand the poem more. Thanks!

Posted by: Gina at March 3, 2005 09:12 AM

Any ideas what the poem Ave Maria is about?

Posted by: Brittany at June 30, 2005 02:23 PM
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