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digital art by phil gennuso

digital art by phil gennuso

This is the second poem in Hart Crane's epic, the first poem that actually starts the action, coming right after the opening "To Brooklyn Bridge".

It is written as a soliloquy by Columbus, as he sails back home to Spain. One of his ships is gone, so there are only two ships on the return voyage. The beauty of the sea, the New World, and religious fervor are some of the themes of this section.