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Randall Jarrell
Born (1914-05-06)May 6, 1914
Nashville, Tennessee
Died October 14, 1965(1965-10-14) (aged 51)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Occupation Poet, critic, and novelist
Nationality American
Notable works The Woman at the Washington Zoo, The Lost World, Pictures from an Institution
Notable awards National Book Award

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.
Randall Jarrell
He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors.
It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.
Randall Jarrell
I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women: they understand each other worse, and it matters less, than either of them suppose.
Randall Jarrell
The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.
Randall Jarrell
If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.
Randall Jarrell
In the United States, there one feels free… Except from the Americans – but every pearl has its oyster.
Randall Jarrell
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
Randall Jarrell
A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.
Randall Jarrell
The blind date that has stood you up: your life.
To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.