, a role which now holds the title of US Poet Laureate.
Jarrell was a native of Nashville, Tennessee
. He attended Hume-Fogg High School
where he "practiced tennis, starred in some school plays, and began his career as a critic with satirical essays in a school magazine." He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University
A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.
If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say that they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politician stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.
The climate of our culture is changing. Under these new rains, new suns, small things grow great, and what was great grows small; whole species disappear and are replaced.
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.
I see at last that all the knowledgeI wrung from the darkness — that the darkness flung me —Is worthless as ignorance: nothing comes from nothing,The darkness from the darkness. Pain comes from the darknessAnd we call it wisdom. It is pain.
The nurse is the nightTo wake to, to die in: and the day I live,The world and its life are her dreams.