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Hart Crane: born on July 21

Hart Crane was born on July 21, 1899 in Garrettsville, OH. His mother's name was Grace Edna Hart and his father’s name was Clarence Arthur Hart. Clarence was a businessman who worked on producing candy and chocolate. His mother was mentally unstable and always needed Hart’s attention. Hart Crane started writing poetry at a young age, although his father did not like it and tried to tell him to stop writing he continued to do. His parents constantly fought and ended up getting a divorce in early April of 1917. Hart then dropped out for high school during his junior year and moved to New York City, he did most of his poetry work in NY. Hart had a problem with frequent alcohol abuse, which never went away and carried on the rest of his life. He tried to enlist in the Army during World War 1 but got rejected due to him being a minor. Hart then found jobs at munition plants where he work on weapons for the war. Hart’s main influences for his poetry work were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. He traveled to Europe with his inheritance money, where he barely worked on his poetry. He applied at Guggenheim Fellowship with intentions to study European culture, but never really did. He had sex with a sailor on the ship he was on. He had a heterosexual romance with Peggy Baird. Hart traveled to Mexico, still drinking and having a destructive behavior. He killed himself on April 27, 1932, Hart Crane jumped into the Gulf Of Mexico and his body was never recovered. Hart’s most famous poem was “The Bridge”, R. W. B. Lewis said it was a “lyrical masterpiece”. He wrote more than 33 poems in the time he was alive, although he had a rough life he never gave up on what he loved doing.

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