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The Complete Poems - Hart Crane, Harold Bloom
The Complete Poems
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"Crane's poetry has been a touchstone for me, and remains central to a fully imaginative understanding of American literature."—Harold BloomThis edition features a new introduction by Harold Bloom as a centenary tribute to the visionary of White Buildings (1926) and The Bridge (1930). Hart... show more
"Crane's poetry has been a touchstone for me, and remains central to a fully imaginative understanding of American literature."—Harold BloomThis edition features a new introduction by Harold Bloom as a centenary tribute to the visionary of White Buildings (1926) and The Bridge (1930). Hart Crane, prodigiously gifted and tragically doom-eager, was the American peer of Shelley, Rimbaud, and Lorca. Born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899, Crane died at sea on April 27, 1932, an apparent suicide. A born poet, totally devoted to his art, Crane suffered his warring parents as well as long periods of a hand-to-mouth existence. He suffered also from his honesty as a homosexual poet and lover during a period in American life unsympathetic to his sexual orientation. Despite much critical misunderstanding and neglect, in his own time and in ours, Crane achieved a superb poetic style, idiosyncratic yet central to American tradition. His visionary epic, The Bridge, is the most ambitious and accomplished long poem since Walt Whitman's Song of Myself. Marc Simon's text is accepted as the most authoritative presentation of Hart Crane's work available to us. For this centennial edition, Harold Bloom, who was introduced to poetry by falling in love with Crane's work while still a child, has contributed a new introduction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780871401786 (0871401789)
Publisher: Liveright
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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5.0 Complete Poems of Hart Crane: The Centennial Edition
Five stars for Crane's poetry, two for Harold Bloom's BS introduction.I made the mistake of reading the dreadful Harold Bloom introductory essay first. What a pile of bullshit. It was awful. I'll give you a taste:"Crane who suffered forever the curse of sundered parentage, never could settle on a...
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