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(May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965 / Nashville)

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Losses

It was not dying: everybody died.
It was not dying: we had died before
In the routine crashes-- and our fields
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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/22/2013 3:12:00 AM)

    It is not dying that we fear
    but the violence in our minds
    That makes the bombs we drop
    And keep the war machines in their grind

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  • Susan Webster (7/25/2006 10:22:00 AM)

    One of the great poems about the alienation of war, expressing particularly well the narrator's lack of life experience. He has nothing but high school to compare to the huge, all-encompassing experiences of war. His lack of any life beyond high school before he is sacrificed in the war increases his loss - he has lost all the potential of his life - and he doesn't really understand why he is making this sacrifice. Jarrell is, to me, the great poet of WWII, and a better poet at conveying the existentialism of the warrior than any of the great English WWI poets.

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