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To Brooklyn Bridge

To Brooklyn Bridge


by Hart Crane

To Brooklyn Bridge Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Despite its soaring tone, there is a lot in the poem that is negative: suicides, the drudgery of office work, the emptiness of religions. Overall, would you say that "To Brooklyn Bridge" is optimistic or pessimistic in tone?
  2. Some critics think the poem lacks unity – the pieces don't all fit together. Do the pieces fit, and if so, what is the central idea of the poem?
  3. What do you think is the most beautiful bridge in the world? What about the most beautiful man-made structure overall? If a contemporary poet were to write an ode to a bridge or building, what would be a good choice for a subject?
  4. How hard did you find this poem to read? What makes a poem "hard" or "easy"?
  5. How might the idea of the Brooklyn Bridge bring people together? Aside from the obvious point that a bridge connects one place with another, what makes this particular bridge such a powerful symbol?
  6. Check out Walt Whitman's poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry." How are these two poem similar? How are they different?

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