By Brian M. Reed
In Hart Crane: After His Lights, Brian Reed undertakes a examine of Crane’s poetic output that takes into consideration, but in addition questions, the post-structural and theoretical advancements in humanities scholarship of the decade that experience mostly approached Crane in a piecemeal approach, or pigeonholed him as represen-tative of his classification, gender, or sexual orientation. Reed examines Crane’s occupation from his juvenilia to his posthumous serious reception and his influence on practising poets following global conflict II. the 1st a part of the examine exams universal rubrics of literary theory—nationality, sexuality, period—against Crane’s poetry, and reveals that those labels, whereas enlightening, additionally obfuscate the starting place and personality of the poet’s paintings. the second one half examines Crane’s poetry during the technique of its composition, resources, and types, taking on questions of favor, family tree, and style. the ultimate part examines Crane’s impact on next generations of yankee poets, in particular via avant-garde literary circles just like the New American poets, the Black Mountain college, 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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Hart Crane: After His Lights (Modern & Contemporary Poetics) by Brian M. Reed