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To Brooklyn Bridge Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Wordplay
Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our...
Form and Meter
Ode in Quatrains, Iambic Pentameter and Irregular RhymeO the Ode! Thee, the most Romantic of forms! Thee, from Ancient Greece derived! Thee…Maybe we shouldn't try to write an ode to the ode: how...
The speaker is a guy in New York who is standing with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge and musing on it. At one point he positions himself "across the harbor" from the bridge. At another point he desc...
The poem is like a series of snapshots of New York City as seen from the waterfront. Each stanza is a different Polaroid (or several Polaroids), showing a new scene but ultimately revolving around...
Hearing this poem could be compared to a great Italian opera. Italian opera is known for being incredibly ornate, elaborate, and over-the-top (think of the Three Tenors, singers breaking glass, etc...
What's Up With the Title?
The full title is "Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge." This poem is the first of eight sections of Hart Crane's book The Bridge. "Proem" is an archaic word for "Prologue." Crane might have been interested...
The Logic of MetaphorCrane had this idea called the "logic of metaphor." It basically meant that metaphors had their own kind of logic or sense that was different from normal logic. This was almost...
(8) Snow LineIf not for the talk of cars and elevators, you could be forgiven for thinking this poem was written way before the 20th century. Crane goes nuts with the fancy words, old-fashioned spe...
The Brooklyn Bridge is known for the number of people who died during its construction. Both the architect, A.J. Roebling, and his son died from bridge-related injuries or illnesses (source).Hart C...
PG"To Brooklyn Bridge" is like one of those movies that are "safe for all audiences," but which have raunchy jokes seemingly hidden between the lines. Well, it's not a raunchy poem, but it does mak...
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