Interlinear Readings of The Bridge (3)
Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge (s. 3)
- I think of cinemas, panoramic sleights
- Most will scan cinemas as / x (x), whether the last syllable is counted as omitted or extra, either of which points to a falling tone, making cinemas seem unassertive.
- With multitudes bent toward some flashing scene
- flashing, combined with Never disclosed in the next line, sounds ironical, since this flashing does not have a flash of insight.
- Never disclosed, but hastened to again,
- Note the initial inversion intensifies the irony of multitudes' haste.
- Foretold to other eyes on the same screen;
- Most will scan the last four syllables as x x / /, strengthening the connotation of "on the very same screen."
This is an interlinear reading of Hart Crane's The Bridge by Eiichi Hishikawa.
Copyright (c) 1996 Eiichi Hishikawa.
The source of Crane texts is The Bridge (NY: Liveright, 1970). Copyright (c) 1933, 1958, 1970 Liveright Publishing Corporation.
Last updated: 31 October, 1996
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