John Crowe Ransom
John Crowe Ransom Poems
- Blue Girls Twirling your blue skirts, travelling the sward ...
- Bells For John Whiteside's Dau... There was such speed in ...
- Captain Carpenter Captain Carpenter rose up in his prime ...
- Necrological The friar had said his paternosters duly And ...
- Piazza Piece -- I am a gentleman in a dustcoat trying To ...
- Dead Boy The little cousin is dead, by foul subtraction, A ...
- The Equilibrists Full of her long white arms and milky skin ...
John Crowe Ransom was an American poet, essayist, magazine editor, and professor.
Ransom was the third of four children of a Methodist minister. His family was highly literate. As a child, he read his family's library and engaged his father in passionate discussions. He published five main books of poetry, four books of essays, and edited three anthologies. He also published one textbook on writing, A College Primer of Writing (1943).
Ransom was home schooled until age ten, and entered Vanderbilt University at fifteen, graduating first in his class in 1909. He interrupted his studies for two years to teach sixth and seventh grades in Taylorsville, ... more »
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Twirling your blue skirts, travelling the sward
Under the towers of your seminary,
Go listen to your teachers old and contrary
Without believing a word.
Tie the white fillets then about your hair
And think no more of what will come to pass
Than bluebirds that go walking on the grass
And chattering on the air.
Practice your beauty, blue girls, before it fail;
And I will cry with my loud lips and publish
Beauty which all our power shall never establish,
It is so frail.
For I could tell you a story which is true;
I know a woman with ...