Hart Crane Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Hart Crane Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Hart Crane’s characteristic mode of poetry is visionary transformation. His language is that of transformation aimed at a reality beyond the surface of consciousness. Crane called the technique that subtly converts one image into another the “logic of metaphor.” Like that of the French Symbolist poets—Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Jules Laforgue, and Paul Verlaine—Crane’s language is often vivid and obscure, a “jeweled” style that juxtaposes apparently alien entities. It is a poetry of indirection, not naming but suggesting objects or using them for an evocation of mood, for their magic suggestiveness. Sometimes choosing words for their music or texture, Crane employs the technique of synaesthesia, the...

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