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Randall Jarrell

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

Randall Jarrell
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Poet, critic and teacher, Randall Jarrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Anna (Campbell) and Owen Jarrell on May 6, 1914. Mr. Jarrell attended the Vanderbilt University and later taught at the University of Texas.

Mr. Jarrell also taught a year at Princeton and also at the University of Illinois; he did a two-year appointment as Poetry Consultant at the Library of Congress.

Randall Jarrell published many novels througout his lifetime and one of his most well known works was in 1960, "The Woman at the Washington Zoo".

Upon Mr. Jarrells passing, Peter Taylor (A well known fiction writer and friend of Mr. Jarrell) said, "To Randall's friends there was ... more »

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  • —Here, the flag snaps in the glare and silence
    Of the unbroken ice. I stand here,
    The dogs bark, my beard is black, and I stare
    At the North Pole. . .
    And now what? Wh...
    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. 90 North (l. 9-14). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus an...
  • I wrung from the darkness—that the darkness flung me—
    Is worthless as ignorance: nothing comes from nothing,
    The darkness from the darkness. Pain comes from the darkness
    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. 90 North (l. 30-33). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farrar, Straus a...
  • ''A filmy trash
    Litters the black woods with the death
    Of men; and one last breath

    Curls from the monstrous chimney. . . .''
    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. A Camp in the Prussian Forest (l. 30-33). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1...
  • ''One year
    They sent a million here:
    Here men were drunk like water, burnt like wood.
    The fat of good
    And evil, the breast's star of hope
    Were rendered into soap.''
    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. A Camp in the Prussian Forest (l. 15-20). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1...
  • ''The soul has no assignments, neither cooks
    Nor referees: it wastes its time.
    It wastes its time.''
    Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), U.S. poet, critic. A Girl in a Library (l. 33-35). . . The Complete Poems [Randall Jarrell]. (1969; repr. 1989) Farra...
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  • Lamont Palmer (3/25/2006 3:02:00 PM)

    Jarrell is easily the greatest poet/critic of the 20th century. -LP

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