Randall Jarrell Quotes (136 quotes)
A Girl in a Library, line 92 - The Seven-League Crutches (1951)
“A bat is born
Naked and blind and pale.
His mother makes a pocket of her tail
And catches him. He clings to her long fur
By his thumbs and toes and teeth.
And then the mother dances through the night
Doubling and looping, soaring, somersaulting —
Her baby hangs on underneath.”
A bat is born, lines 1-31; reprinted as Bats in The Lost World (1965) - The Bat-Poet (1964)
“Be, as you have been, my happiness;
Let me sleep beside you, each night, like a spoon.”
Woman, lines 170-171 - The Lost World (1965)
“I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.”
As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Times (1993) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 391
“The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.”
The Taste of the Age, The Saturday Evening Post (1958-07-26) [p. 290] - Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980)
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Picture Source: WikipediaRandall Jarrell
Born: May 6, 1914
Died: October 14, 1965 (aged 51)
Occupation: Poet, critic
Bio: Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate.