Hart Crane: Prophet of Tragic Redemption
Daniels, Carolyn Ruth
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The Romantic movement was, undoubtedly, one of the most influential and comprehensive movements of all times. Although one doesn't often admit so, there is a little of the romantic in everyone, in some much more than in others. Fortunately, or unfortunately, as it may be, the author of this paper on Hart Crane is one of those individuals in whom more of the romantic was instilled. Since the romantic possesses such a keen sensibility, often his creative endeavors can be best appreciated by another romantic. The author of this paper does not pretend to possess a sensibility and imagination nearly so sharp as his subject, Hart Crane. Crane was, indeed, one of the most sensitive individuals of his time and ours; his poetic sensibility can rarely be equaled. Nevertheless, the author hopes to do Crane justice by presenting a thorough discussion of his poetry, relating imagery, meter and structure to the underlying theme of "tragic redemption". In order to best accomplish this, two of the most controversial poems of Crane have been selected and employed as the basis for the author's discussion. Hopefully, this presentation will prove author's discussion. Hopefully, this presentation will prove of some enlightenment to the reader.