Randall Jarrell

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United States poet (1914-1965)


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In an essay published in the Spring 2004 issue of Melus, "Jose Garcia Villa and Modernist Orientalism," Timothy Yu said that American critics wanted to put Villa "squarely in the Anglo-American poetic canon," the way he was shown in an iconic photo at the Gotham Book Mart in 1948, surrounded by Tennessee Williams, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell and, perched on a ladder, W.H.
NO CURSED POET LIVED A MORE wretched life than John Berryman (1914-1972), the finest poet of the so-called Middle Generation that included Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell.
According to Randall Jarrell, the poet "lived in a world where newspapers and magazines, books and motion pictures and radio stations and television stations ha[d] destroyed, in a great many people, the capacity for understanding" his art form.
If anyone's life gives the lie to the ending of Randall Jarrell's "Say Goodbye to Big Daddy," the notion that the world won't change because of any one person's life or death, it's the example of Robert "Jack" Higgs: whether it's the life of an alumnus of East Tennessee State University whose education was made possible through financial help provided by Jack and his wife, Renie, or whether it's a former student who came to believe in himself or herself because of insights or encouragement in class, or whether it's a long-time friend, who in moments of despair or doubt, is buoyed by a memory of an act or half-forgotten comment.
In 1958 Randall Jarrell, the American poet, edited and brought out a collection of stories, Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories, which contains a famous introduction.
Our sample, made up of 3x3x3 poets (Irina Andone, Dimitrie Anghel, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, John Berryman, Paul Celan, Thomas Chatterton, Hart Crane, John Davidson, Sergey Esenin, Benjamin Fondane, Randall Jarrell, Heinrich von Kleist, Vachel Lindsay, Gherasim Luca, Lucan, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Gerard de Nerval, Cesare Pavese, Sylvia Plath, Sappho, Daniil Scavinski, Anne Sexton, Ion Stratan, Sara Teasdale, Georg Trakl, Marina Tsvetayeva, George Vasilievici) is sad testimony to such a deadlock but, as an excuse for the Poet, we will take the liberty to paraphrase La Rochefoucauld and say that Poets are not those which have "more virtue" and more of sanity than common souls, but "only those which have greater designs."
With reference to the poetry of Randall Jarrell, I want to urge, if only delicately, a principled return to a blasted allegorical criticism in relation to the body it blasts.
Poet and critic Randall Jarrell admired the leftist Partisan Review (which ceased publication in 2003), but also expressed reservations, in a critique that, with a couple of substitutions, might well apply to many literary magazines today: "Although its politics are doctrinaire and academic in that funny New York professional-left way, they haven't prevented it from printing other groups, Stalinists excepted....
'Readers, real readers', Randall Jarrell once remarked, 'are almost as wild a species as writers; most critics are so domesticated as to seem institutions'.
The conjunction of "blood" with "state" reinforces this latter significance, and the word "state" also subtly brings into the conversation two earlier poems about violence perpetrated by the "state": Randall Jarrell's "The Death of the Ball-Turret Gunner" and Robert Lowell's "Fall 1961." (6)
Fifty years ago, when Randall Jarrell was singing her praises, plenty of aspiring poets might have studied her books closely.
Randall Jarrell was a critic, poet, novelist and teacher.
Cunningham (Yvor Winters's protege at Stanford), Randall Jarrell (a student of Ransom and Warren's at Vanderbilt), Hugh Kenner (Cleanth Brooks's student at Yale), and Delmore Schwartz.
In this essay, I first argue that what a generation of scholarship has disinterred as disturbing in Randall Jarrell's poetry is not.