Who is Randall Jarrell

Randall Jarrell (May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965) was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, and novelist. He was the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress—a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate of the United States.

Among other honors, Jarrell was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the years 1947–48; a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, in 1951; and the National Book Award for Poetry, in 1961.

BiographyYouth and education Jarrell was a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Hume-Fogg High School where he "practiced tennis, starred in some school plays, and began his career as a critic with satirical essays in a school magazine." He received his B.A. fr...
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Randall Jarrell Poems

  • Jerome
    Each day brings its toad, each night its dragon.
    Der heilige Hieronymus--his lion is at the zoo--
    Listens, listens. All the long, soft, summer day
    Dreams affright his couch, the deep boils like a pot. ...
  • The Player Piano
    I ate pancakes one night in a Pancake House
    Run by a lady my age. She was gay.
    When I told her that I came from Pasadena
    She laughed and said, "I lived in Pasadena ...
  • A Country Life
    A bird that I don't know,
    Hunched on his light-pole like a scarecrow,
    Looks sideways out into the wheat
    The wind waves under the waves of heat. ...
  • 90 North
    At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe,
    I clambered to bed; up the globe's impossible sides
    I sailed all night—till at last, with my black beard,
    My furs and my dogs, I stood at the northern pole. ...
  • Cinderella
    Her imaginary playmate was a grown-up
    In sea-coal satin. The flame-blue glances,
    The wings gauzy as the membrane that the ashes
    Draw over an old ember --as the mother ...
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World 15 Life 11 Night 11 Child 10 Never 10 Good 9 Great 8 Black 8 Time 8 White 8

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  • Wethergeat: from my mother’s sleep i fell into the state, and i hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, i woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. when i died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. - randall jarrell
  • Plastic_bio: the climate of our culture is changing. under these new rains, new suns, small things grow great, and what was great grows small; whole species disappear and are replaced. - randall jarrell
  • Jmdreid: “a poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.” --randall jarrell
  • Parsons_mfa: "a conversation with the devil," by randall jarrell, poetry, 1951. "he can quote wittgenstein. he's blacker than he's painted."
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Ode Iii: To A Friend, Unsuccessful In Love
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Indeed, my Phædria, if to find
That wealth can female wishes gain
Had e'er disturb'd your thoughtful mind,
Or cost one serious moment's pain,
I should have said that all the rules,
You learn'd of moralists and schools,
Were very useless, very vain.

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