Norton-Smith, John

Reader's Guide to Hart Crane's White Buildings
1993 0-7734-9257-7
The study moves through a close, careful reading of each poem, utilizing linguistic, tabular, and literary historical approaches to build an overall assessment of the collection as a series of experimental transformations, fused experiences, and poetic chronicles. Paying detailed attention to the relationship between formal experimentation and biographical experience, the study presents a poet dedicated to the search for appropriate techniques with which to encapsulate the fleeting experiences of life, a worthy continuer of the tradition of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Pound, and T. S. Eliot.