March 01, 2005

Hart Crane and David Lehman

As with the poems by Ezra Pound and John Crowe Ransom, again i think that i made the obvious connection between the two. The connection being that they each talk about a particular piece of architecture that is well known in New York city. The poem written by Crane is much more eloqent and in some cases i think he's using the bridge as a metaphor.(a symbol for freedom or salvation maybe?) In the poem by Lehman he is simply speaking literally of this thoughts of the World Trade Centers. There is virtually no symbolism involved. Both poems are extremely well done in reguard to imagery for i can picture all the scenes very clearly.

Posted by MaggiQuinlan at March 1, 2005 10:54 PM

Maggi, i agree with your comment to the visualization within both poems. I commented in my blog about the world trade centers and how people need to appreciate more things, and tragedies sometimes make people realize the more imporant things in life.

Posted by: Melissa Berg at March 2, 2005 12:45 AM

Maggi, The thought that Crane may have been using the Brooklyn Bridge as some kind of metaphor also dawned on me. In line four, he writes, "Over the chained bay waters Liberty--" It is interesting that the words chained and liberty are used, as they contrast in meaning. Perhaps he is saying that although the suspension bridge is chained and unmoving, it maintains a liberty in its position and use to New York. It also watches over everything in the city. IDK... I am looking forward to the class discussion to hear what others are saying!

Posted by: Kayla Turano at March 2, 2005 08:26 PM

Woah, Maggi, you and Kayla definetly made the same connection! I just commented on her blog...

What you said about the Brooklyn Bridge meaning freedom interests me. Maybe because I'm still stuck on what Tiffany said about the poem being about someone wanting to commit suicide... Could the image of freedom be connected to that suicidal tendency at all? Just wondering. Lots of people think that suicide will bring them freedom *shrug* I don't think so... :-/

Posted by: Karissa at March 2, 2005 10:51 PM

Definitely agreeing with Karissa here. That's an angle that I never looked at until I looked at your blog. Thanks for making my wheels turn. I'm having a hard time deciphering this poem.

Posted by: Neha at March 2, 2005 11:19 PM

Thanks, Neha :-)

Maggi, there'd be a lot to talk about if you bring this up in class! Great catalyst for discussion.

Posted by: Karissa at March 3, 2005 11:49 AM
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