A Name For All (2017)


Text by Hart Crane

Total duration ca. 3'15"

Single movement work

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Hart Crane’s mystical “A Name for All,” divides reality into two categories, the animal and the human, the real and the artificial: against the reality of  night insects he opposes words, names, and labels, offering these as humans' revenge upon the natural world, envious of its freedom. Even as a poet is tasked with creating art from words, Crane's poem ends with the obliteration of language as a means to divide us into categories, in a secular but holy vision, uniting all men and things under a single name.


“A Name for All” from COMPLETE POEMS OF HART CRANE by Hart Crane, edited by Marc Simon. Copyright 1933, 1958, © 1966 by Liveright Publishing Corporation. Copyright © 1986 by Marc Simon. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.