Randall Jarrell (May 06, 1914 - October 14, 1965)
Born: 6th May, 1914
Died: 14th October, 1965
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Poet
Region: Nashville, Tennessee, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Notable works: "Pictures from an Institution"

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Randall Jarrell, (born May 6, 1914, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.--died October 14, 1965, Chapel Hill, North Carolina), American poet, novelist, and critic who is noted for revitalizing the reputations of Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams in the 1950s.

Childhood was one of the major themes of Jarrell's verse, and he wrote about his own extensively in The Lost World (1965). With an M.A. from Vanderbilt University (1938), he began his career as a teacher. His first book of verse, Blood for a Stranger, was published in 1942, the same year he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. Many of his best poems appeared in Little Friend, Little Friend (1945) and Losses (1948), both of which dwell on war-based themes.

Jarrell taught at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (1946-47), and his only novel, the sharply satirical Pictures from an Institution (1954), is about a similar progressive women's college. He was a teacher at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1947 until his death in a road accident, which may or may not have been a suicide, and from 1956 to 1958 he served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (now poet laureate consultant in poetry). He was widely considered the shrewdest literary critic of his day.

Jarrell's criticism has been collected in Poetry and the Age (1953), A Sad Heart at the Supermarket (1962), and The Third Book of Criticism (1969). Jarrell's later poetry--The Seven-League Crutches (1951), The Woman at the Washington Zoo (1960), and The Lost World--restored an openness to emotion (some called it sentimentality) rarely found in works of "academic" poets of the period. His Complete Poems appeared in 1969, and a selection of his critical essays, No Other Book, was published in 2000.

Top 11 Randall Jarrell quotes

He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors.
Editors
He
Just
Partisan
Paul
Review
Thinks
Two
Were
It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.
Better
Entertain
Home
Idea
Life
Live
Rest
Take
Than
You
Your
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
About
Child
Facts
Forgotten
Grown-ups
Like
Most
Obvious
A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.
Five
Lifetime
Lightning
Man
Out
Poet
Six
Standing
Struck
Times
Who
The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.
Age
Around
Complaining
Everything
Go
Golden
Golden age
How
Live
Looks
People
Who
Yellow
In the United States, there one feels free... Except from the Americans - but every pearl has its oyster.
American
Every
Except
Feels
Free
Oyster
Pearl
States
United
United states
To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.
American
English
Far
Frightening
Manners
More
None
Than
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
Any
Culture
Definition
I think
Intellectuals
Modern
Modern culture
Nine-tenths
Our
Poetry
Possible
Read
Think
Which
If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.
Dozen
Honest
Hundred
Intelligent
Know
Like
Meet
Our
Politician
Politicians
Say
Stays
Unchanged
I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women: they understand each other worse, and it matters less, than either of them suppose.
American
Decided
Each
Either
Europeans
Less
Like
Matters
Men
Men and women
Other
Suppose
Than
Them
The blind date that has stood you up: your life.
Blind
Date
Life
Stood
Up
You
Your

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