Hart Crane's 'The Bridge': An Annotated Edition by Fordham University Press (Hardback, 2011)
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- DescriptionHart Crane's long poem The Bridge has steadily grown in stature since it was published in 1930. At first branded a ble failure by a few influential critics- a charge that became conventional wisdom-this paramic work is w widely regarded as one of the finest achievements of twentieth-century American poetry. It unites mythology and modernity as a means of coming to terms with the promises, both kept and broken, of American experience.The Bridge is also very difficult. It is well loved but t well understood. Obscure and indirect allusions abound in it, some of them at surprisingly fine levels of detail. The many references to matters of everyday life in the 1920s may baffle or elude today's readers. The elaborate compound metaphors that distinguish Crane's style bring together diverse sources in ways that make it hard to say what, if anything, is going onin the text. The poem is replete with topical and geographical references that demand explication as well as identification. Many passages are simply incomprehensible without special kwledge, often special kwledge of a sort that is t readily available even today, when Google and Wikipedia are only a click away.Until w, there has been single source to which a reader can go for help in understanding and enjoying Crane's vision. There has been convenient guide to the poem's labyrinthine complexities and to its dense network of allusions-the thousands of strandsthat, Crane boasted, had to be sorted out, researched, and interwovento compose the work.This book is that guide. Its detailed and far-reaching antations make The Bridge fully accessible, for the first time, to its readers, whether they are scholars, students, or simply lovers of poetry.
- Author BiographyLawrence Kramer is Professor of English and Music at Fordham University and the editor of Nineteenth-Century Music. He is also a composer. His many books range over the field of classical music from the eighteenth century to the present; recent titles include Why Classical Music Still Matters, Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History, Walt Whitman and Modern Music, and Musical Meaning and Human Values (with Keith Chapin; Fordham, 2009).
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication07/03/2011
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Note1 b&w illus.
- Weight395 g
- Width5830 mm
- Height3895 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byLawrence Kramer
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