The Complete Poems of Hart Crane

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Despite much critical misunderstanding and neglect, in his own time and in ours, Hart Crane achieved a superb poetic style, idiosyncratic yet central to American tradition. His visionary epic, The Bridge, is the most ambitious and accomplished long poem since Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

Marc Simon's text is accepted as the most authoritative presentation of Crane's work now available to us.

Harold Bloom's Centenary critical essay is a ...

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Overview

Despite much critical misunderstanding and neglect, in his own time and in ours, Hart Crane achieved a superb poetic style, idiosyncratic yet central to American tradition. His visionary epic, The Bridge, is the most ambitious and accomplished long poem since Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

Marc Simon's text is accepted as the most authoritative presentation of Crane's work now available to us.

Harold Bloom's Centenary critical essay is a full-scale analysis of Crane's achievement. Bloom emphasizes Crane's creative agon with T. S. Eliot's work, which Crane could neither evade nor accept.

The introduction also examines the positive relation of Crane's poetic stance to the heroic example of Walt Whitman, Crane's chosen precursor, together with Emily Dickinson. Bloom gives fresh readings of several of the most noted lyrics in White Buildings, including "Voyages II" and "Repose of Rivers."

Defending the unity of The Bridge, Bloom analyzes the "Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge" and the concluding section, "Atlantis." He also gives particular emphasis to Crane's last great poem, "The Broken Tower."

This is the most complete and authoritative collection of the works of Hart Crane available in paperback.

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Editorial Reviews

Harold Bloom
Crane's poetry has been a touchstone for me, and remains central to a fully imaginative understanding of American literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871401472
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

The Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Harold Bloom (b. 1930) has been hailed as “one of our greatest living literary critics” (Los Angeles Times).

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xxxiii
White Buildings
Legend 3
Black Tambourine 4
Emblems of Conduct 5
My Grandmother's Love Letters 6
Sunday Morning Apples 7
Praise for an Urn 8
Garden Abstract 9
Stark Major 10
Chaplinesque 11
Pastorale 12
In Shadow 13
The Fernery 14
North Labrador 15
Repose of Rivers 16
Paraphrase 17
Possessions 18
Lachrymae Christi 19
Passage 21
The Wine Menagerie 23
Recitative 25
For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen 26
At Melville's Tomb 33
Voyages, I, II, III, IV, V, VI 34
The Bridge
Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge 43
I Ave Maria 45
II Powhatan's Daughter 51
1. The Harbor Dawn 53
2. Van Winkle 55
3. The River 57
4. The Dance 62
5. Indiana 66
III Cutty Sark 69
IV Cape Hatteras 75
V Three Songs 85
1. Southern Cross 87
2. National Winter Garden 89
3. Virginia 90
VI Quaker Hill 91
VII The Tunnel 95
VIII Atlantis 103
Key West An Island Sheaf
O Carib Isle! 111
The Mermen 113
To the Cloud Juggler 114
The Mango Tree 115
Island Quarry 116
Old Song 117
The Idiot 118
A Name for All 119
Bacardi Spreads the Eagle's Wing 120
Imperator Victus 121
Royal Palm 122
The Air Plant 123
The Hurricane 124
Key West Folder Subsection
Key West 126
--And Bees of Paradise 127
To Emily Dickinson 128
Moment Fugue 129
By Nilus Once I Knew... 130
To Shakespeare 131
Poems Uncollected but Published by Crane
C 33 135
October-November 136
The Hive 137
Fear 138
Annunciations 139
Echoes 140
The Bathers 141
Modern Craft 142
Carmen de Boheme 143
Exile 144
Postscript 145
Forgetfulness 146
To Portapovitch 147
Legende 148
Interior 149
Porphyro in Akron 150
A Persuasion 153
Three Locutions des Pierrots 154
The Great Western Plains 156
America's Plutonic Ecstasies 157
Interludium 158
March 159
The Broken Tower 160
Poems Unpublished by Crane
A Song for Happy Feast Days 165
Sonnet ("Ere elfish Night...") 166
The Moth That God Made Blind 167
To Earth 170
Medusa 171
Meditation 172
Episode of Hands 173
The Bridge of Estador 174
After Jonah 176
Euclid Avenue 177
Of an Evening 179
What Nots? 181
In a Court 182
With a Photograph 183
Supplication to the Muses 184
Eternity 186
The Sad Indian 188
Hieroglyphic 189
Incomplete Works
This Way Where November 192
Thou Canst Read Nothing 193
To Liberty 194
To the Empress Josephine's Statue 195
A Postscript 196
The Pillar and the Post 197
The Visible the Untrue 198
A Traveller Born 199
Havana Rose 200
Purgatorio 202
The Circumstance 203
Fragments
To Buddha 206
Where Gables Pack 207
Well/Well/Not-At-All 208
You Are That Frail 209
The Masters 210
Her Eyes Had 211
O Moon, Thou Cool 212
The Sea Raised Up 213
So Dream Thy Sails 214
I Have That Sure Enclitic 215
Shall I Subsume 216
Tenderness and Resolution 217
Time Cannot Be Worn 218
I Rob My Breast 219
Enrich My Resignation 220
All This 221
The Alert Pillow 222
There Are the Local 223
Dust Now Is 224
They Were There 225
To Conquer Variety 226
A Note on the Editorial Method 227
Notes 229
Index of First Lines 259
Index of Titles 264
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