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The two poems cover much of the same ground Both celebrate new technologies both involve passages and both overflow with a deeply felt longing to connect with the reader Crossing Brooklyn Ferry however seems to narrate what in Passage to India is a static moment - the passage to you which partially resolves the poems tensions In Passage to India that address structure appears for a brief and fleeting moment and the ambiguity of the address which the poet seems to direct both to the reader and to his own soul complicates it further The passage is both between interior and exterior modes of existence as much as it is between the speaker of the poem and the individual reading it This ambiguity is appropriate to the poem - mirroring the instability which disorganizes it throughout - but Crossing Brooklyn Ferry invokes a far more rigidly defined structure of address The you is present throughout and it refers explicitly to men and women of generations hence Whitman 116 Indeed the entire world that Crossing Brooklyn Ferry invokes is far more rigidly structured than that of Passage to India and this I believe to be related to their difference in regional foci Between these to poems exists an opposition which recreates Smiths argument in far more complex terms Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is linear and teleological like the ferry trip itself It invokes a lucid structure of address It takes place not only in the east but in perhaps the most completely built kind of environment of the nineteenth century - the urban metropolis Even the East River the sunset and the clouds overhead - among the few natural images which make their way into the poem - are framed by the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn or by the Manhattan skyline to the west Crossing Brooklyn Ferry thus inverts Passage to Indias naturalunnatural dynamic placing nature in the frame of technology rather than - as in
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