Again the traffic lights that skim thy swiftUnfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,Beading thy path--condense eternity: (lines 33-35)
Once again Crane takes a very ordinary image – traffic lights on a
bridge – and turns it into a magnificent symbol of spirituality. The
lights are like "beads" that go on forever, i.e., "condense eternity."
Another way to read the image is that they are like stars that have
fallen to rest on the bridge, stars being an age-old symbol for heaven
And of the curveship lend a myth to God. (line 44)
Crane manages to elevate the bridge to mythic status while giving a kick
in the ribs to the Judeo-Christian tradition. He says that the bridge
should lend a "myth" to God, which suggests that God is lacking in
mythological significance. "Curveship" is a word invented by Crane to
express the bridge's special mythological qualities.