The complete poems

by Randall Jarrell

Hardcover, 1969





New York, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux [1969]


Poet, novelist, critic, and teacher, Randall Jarrell was a diverse literary talent with a distinctive voice, by turns imaginative, realistic, sensitive, and ironic. His poetry, whether dealing with art, war, memories of childhood, or the loneliness of everyday life, is powerful and moving. A poet of colloquial language, ample generosity, and intimacy, Jarrell wrote beautifully "of the American landscape," as James Atlas noted inAmerican Poetry Review, "[with] a broad humanism that enabled him to give voice to those had been given none of their own." The Complete Poems is the definitive volume of Randall Jarrell's verse, includingSelected Poems (1955), with notes by the author;The Woman at the Washington Zoo (1960), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; andThe Lost World (1965), "his last and best book," according to Robert Lowell. This volume also brings together several of Jarrell's uncollected or posthumously published poems as well as his Rilke translations.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Nestus_Gurley
Jarrell, widely known as a first-rate (if often mean-spirited) critic of poetry, is greatly undervalued as a poet.
LibraryThing member ostrom
Many of the interior monologues are splendid, including the famous "Death of the Ball Turret Gunner," as well as "Next Day" and "The Woman at the Washington Zoo."




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