Randall Jarrell

(May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965 / Nashville)

Randall Jarrell Poems

1. The Bronze David of Donatello 9/30/2015
2. The Lost World 2/9/2015
3. Well Water 1/13/2003
4. Seele Im Raum 4/14/2010
5. A Camp In The Prussian Forest 4/14/2010
6. A Man Meets A Woman In The Street 4/14/2010
7. The Refugees 1/13/2003
8. The Orient Express 1/13/2003
9. The Player Piano 1/13/2003
10. The Old And The New Masters 1/13/2003
11. The Elementary Scene 1/13/2003
12. A Country Life 1/13/2003
13. The Olive Garden 1/13/2003
14. Children Selecting Books In A Library 1/13/2003
15. The House In The Woods 1/13/2003
16. Cinderella 1/13/2003
17. 90 North 1/1/2004
18. Next Day 1/13/2003
19. The Black Swan 1/13/2003
20. A Sick Child 1/13/2003
21. Mail Call 1/13/2003
22. Gunner 1/13/2003
23. Eighth Air Force 1/13/2003
24. The Woman At The Washington Zoo 1/13/2003
25. Jerome 1/13/2003
26. The Breath Of Night 1/13/2003
27. Hope 1/13/2003
28. Losses 1/13/2003
29. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner 1/20/2003

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  • Lamont Palmer (3/25/2006 3:02:00 PM)

    Jarrell is easily the greatest poet/critic of the 20th century. -LP

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Best Poem of Randall Jarrell


Each day brings its toad, each night its dragon.
Der heilige Hieronymus--his lion is at the zoo--
Listens, listens. All the long, soft, summer day
Dreams affright his couch, the deep boils like a pot.
As the sun sets, the last patient rises,
Says to him, Father, trembles, turns away.

Often, to the lion, the saint said, Son.
To the man the saint says--but the man is gone.
Under a plaque of Gradiva, at gloaming.
The old man boils an egg. When he has eaten
He listens a while. The patients have not stopped.
At midnight, he lies down where his patients ...

Read the full of Jerome

Next Day

Moving from Cheer to Joy, from Joy to All,
I take a box
And add it to my wild rice, my Cornish game hens.
The slacked or shorted, basketed, identical
Food-gathering flocks
Are selves I overlook. Wisdom, said William James,

Is learning what to overlook. And I am wise
If that is wisdom.

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