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By Brian M. Reed

A severe reassessment of the life’s paintings of a huge American poet.
With his suicide in 1932, Hart Crane left in the back of a small physique of work—White Buildings (1926) and The Bridge (1930). but, Crane’s poetry used to be championed and debated publicly via some of the most outstanding literary and cultural critics of his day, between them Van Wyck Brooks, Kenneth Burke, Robert Graves, Allen Tate, and Edmund Wilson. The Bridge seems to be in its entirety within the Norton Anthology of yankee Literature, and Crane himself has been the topic fresh biographies.

In Hart Crane: After His Lights, Brian Reed undertakes a research of Crane’s poetic output that takes under consideration, but in addition questions, the post-structural and theoretical advancements in humanities scholarship of the decade that experience principally approached Crane in a piecemeal method, or pigeonholed him as represen-tative of his category, gender, or sexual orientation. Reed examines Crane’s profession from his juvenilia to his posthumous severe reception and his influence on working towards poets following international conflict II. the 1st a part of the examine assessments universal rubrics of literary theory—nationality, sexuality, period—against Crane’s poetry, and unearths that those labels, whereas enlightening, additionally obfuscate the foundation and personality of the poet’s paintings. the second one half examines Crane’s poetry throughout the means of its composition, assets, and types, taking on questions of favor, family tree, and style. the ultimate part examines Crane’s effect on next generations of yank poets, specially via avant-garde literary circles just like the New American poets, the Black Mountain institution, the hot York college, and the Beats.

the result's a research that complicates and enriches our understandings of Crane’s poetry and contributes to the continued reassessment of literary modernism’s origins, path, and legacy.

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18 Printing a poem like “C 33” at the very moment when the premier modernists were ostentatiously disowning the ¤n de siècle, Crane was bound to appear a callow provincial. “C 33” showed its author to be utterly oblivious of the Three Principles of Imagism that Pound had been touting since 1913 as a bracing cure for the mushy, effeminate softness of late romanticism: 1. Direct treatment of the ‘thing,’ whether subjective or objective. 2. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation.

31 But near Eliot, just out of the spotlight, one can make out Swinburne’s pro¤le, too. The vexing, sentimental conclusion to “Cape Hatteras”—in which Crane goes off hand in hand with Walt Whitman—has generally been construed as Crane’s imaginative response to such lines from Leaves of Grass (1891) as the following:32 • • • Failing to fetch me at ¤rst, keep encouraged; / Missing me one place, search another; / I stop somewhere, waiting for you (WW 96) [F]ill’d with friendship, love complete, the Elder Brother found, The Younger melts in fondness in his arms (327) Whoever you are, holding me now in hand .

The ¤rst half of his selected letters are choked with name-dropping. He curried favor in other ways. In July 1918, a mere four months after Pound’s “Swinburne Versus His Biographers” appeared in Poetry, Crane published a letter entitled “Joyce and Ethics” in the Little Review that lauded Joyce and Baudelaire at the expense of his erstwhile Victorian favorites: I noticed that Wilde . . ” I am not yet aware that Swinburne ever possessed much beyond his “art ears,” although these were long enough, and adequate to all his beautiful, though often meaningless mouthings.

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