Randall Jarrell Quote
“His eye a ring inside a ring inside a ring
That leers up, joyless, vile, in meek obscenity —
This is the devil. Flesh to flesh, he bleats
The herd back to the pit of being.”
The Knight, Death and the Devil, lines 17-20 - The Seven-League Crutches (1951)
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)
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.