Study Guide

To Brooklyn Bridge Steaminess Rating

By Hart Crane

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Steaminess Rating


"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 make seem to make some references to Crane's homosexuality. In line 37, for example, he seems to be cruising for men in a dark place. One especially, um, imaginative critic even takes the line about the river to be a coded reference to active and passive sexual partners (source).

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