Randall Jarrell and His Age
Columbia University Press, 2005 M04 6 - 320 páginas
Randall Jarrell (1914–1965) was the most influential poetry critic of his generation. He was also a lyric poet, comic novelist, translator, children's book author, and close friend of Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Hannah Arendt, and many other important writers of his time. Jarrell won the 1960 National Book Award for poetry and served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Amid the resurgence of interest in Randall Jarrell, Stephen Burt offers this brilliant analysis of the poet and essayist.
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... called him childish, even as he worried about his advancing age. “The Woman at the Washington Zoo” describes animals “Aging, but without knowledge of their age” (CP215); in another poem, an old woman says of “Mother and.
Stephanie Burt. in another poem, an old woman says of “Mother and Father,” “They both look so young. / I'm so much older than they are” (CP354). Centrally interested in old age and in childhood, his poems consider and challenge the ...
... mothers, fathers and families; it considers several short poems and a children's book before delving into The Lost World, a late, long poem based on a year of Jarrell's childhood ... mother: children discover a space (“potential space”) that.
... mothers and mother surrogates) on the one hand and unconsciousness, merging (with mother figures) on the other. Alan Williamson has already found just such choices at the core of Jarrell's work.7 Some of Jarrell's best interpreters were ...
... Mother Has Fainted.” Playing out the familiar scene, the children did as we were told: Put a pillow under her head ... Mother's Highway, And wondered whether we would ever take them— And she came back to life, and we never took them ...