Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, sung at the opening of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837, commemorated a simple bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. Six decades before, a homespun structure stood between the muskets of the British regulars and the colonial militia and for a series of volleys became the center of action and inspiration for the colonies. The poem stimulates a few subthemes of Bridges.
Paul Simon chose as his metaphor for protection, guidance, and comfort a bridge over roiling waters, to represent a stalwart and supportive friend who carries us above the troubles of life. Like a coat gallantly spread on a puddle for a gentlewoman, a friend serves as a bridge over life’s bleak times. On the clip you can hear the song. More subthemes of Bridges come from the emotional lyrics.
This 1957 movie centers on brutal, forced labor of U.S. and British prisoners of war by Japanese soldiers to construct a vital railroad bridge. In 1942-43, more than 65,000 Allied P.O.W.s battled torture, starvation, and disease to hack a 255-mile railway out of the harsh Thai jungle under killing conditions. The movie suggests several subthemes related to Bridges.
Uncharacteristically for an impressionist painting, Monet emphasized an industrial, concrete-and-metal bridge that carried trains across the Seine River. Located about eight miles outside of Paris and complete a few years before approximately 1871 when Monet painted it, it is one of seven Monet completed that included the bridge. What concepts of Bridges does the painting suggest?