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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... , Jarrell often defends a self he sees as nearly powerless against social forces—against the disempowerment of the young or the losses entailed in growing old.2 The desire to have and show an inner self is for Jarrell.
... young man. As an adult he avoided adult vices, entertaining children and cats while avoiding alcohol and adultery: his literary enemies called him childish, even as he worried about his advancing age. “The Woman at the Washington Zoo ...
... young. / I'm so much older than they are” (CP354). Centrally interested in old age and in childhood, his poems consider and challenge the categories into which we sort persons and on which we base our beliefs about them. Jarrell is ...
... child analyst D. W. Winnicott. For Winnicott, much human experience has its origins in young children's discovery of distinctions between “I” and “you,” self and other, self and mother: children discover a space (“potential space”) that.
... young Randall as “easily bored” and therefore constantly active: besides his constant and voracious reading, Randall was also, by age twelve, a tennis player—in high school he would take up touch football and acting. Young Randall also ...