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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... suggest that our notions of the self (or individuality, or interiority) are not only historically contingent but obsolescent, ethically suspect, and politically retrograde. Writing before poststructuralism exerted much influence on ...
... ) Companionship is “fool's gold,” the lines suggest—but it is the only gold we can have. Breyer (later de Blasio) made a disastrous first marriage to another doctor. When it ended in the early forties, she wrote to Jarrell again from New.
... that at times he was not only lonely, but faintly monstrous,” and “he wished not to be” (RJ73).12 The life displays, then, the virtues Lowell singled out—“wit, pathos and brilliance of intelligence” (RJ 103). It suggests, too,
Stephanie Burt. pathos and brilliance of intelligence” (RJ 103). It suggests, too, a tremendous, needy loneliness and a consequent, constant need for human intimacy and belonging. Jarrell wanted to connect himself with the rest of the ...
... suggest, the story his characters suffer: no one else confirms their unique selfhood, and so they are given occasions to doubt it. Everyone who reads “Next Day” acquires some idea of the sort of person who speaks and how she feels. It ...