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Author: JARRELL, RANDALL
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Jarrell, Randall    Poet's Biography
105 poems available by this author


90 NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe,
Last Line: And we call it wisdom. It is pain
Subject(s): Mythology - Norse; North Pole; Pain; Suffering; Misery


90 NORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: At home, in my flannel gown, like a bear to its floe
Subject(s): North Pole; Pain; Suffering; Misery


A CAMP IN THE PRUSSIAN FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk beside the prisoners to the road
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; World War Ii; Shoah; Judaism; Second World War


A CONVERSATION WITH THE DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Indulgent, or candid, or uncommon reader
Last Line: He was right. And now, to have no choice!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Devil; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


A COUNTRY LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A bird that I don't know,
Last Line: Sees, in the moonlight, graves
Subject(s): Birds; Country Life


A FIELD HOSPITAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He stirs, beginning to awake
Subject(s): Hospitals; World War Ii; Second World War


A FRONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fog over the base: the beams ranging
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


A GIRL IN A LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: An object among dreams, you sit here with your shoes off
Subject(s): Librarians & Libraries; Pushkin, Alexander (1799-1837); Schools; Sleep; Library; Librarians; Students


A LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: For wars his life and half a world away
Last Line: Thre lying ambers of the histories
Subject(s): War; Soldiers


A MAN MEETS A WOMAN IN THE STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the separated leaves of shade
Subject(s): Garbo, Greta (1905-1990); Lorenz, Konrad (1903-1989); Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Schumann-heink, Ernestine (1861-1936); Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)


A PILOT FROM THE CARRIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Strapped at the center of the blazing wheel
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


A POEM FOR SOMEONE KILLED IN SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Though oars are breaking the breathless gaze
Last Line: Are man's responsibilities
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A POEM FOR SOMEONE KILLED IN SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Though oars are breaking the breathless gaze
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


A SICK CHILD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Postman comes when I am still in bed, the
Last Line: All that I've never thought of - think of me!
Subject(s): Sickness; Imagination; Children; Illness; Fancy; Childhood


A SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: It is evening. One bat dances
Subject(s): Soul


A UTOPIAN JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a minute the doctor will find out what is wrong
Variant Title(s): The Long Vacation
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


A WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: There set out, slowly, for a different world
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


ABSENT WITH OFFICIAL LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lights are beginning to go out in the barracks
Last Line: With whom he labors, sleeps, and dies
Subject(s): Soldiers


AESTHETIC THEORIES ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Poems, like lives, are doing what we can


AFTERWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sleep: here's your bed ... You'll not come, any more, to ours
Last Line: Run away, little comet's-hair-comber!
Subject(s): Death; Sleep; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


AGING    Poem Text    
First Line: I wake, but before I know it it is done
Subject(s): Aging


AN ENGLISH GARDEN IN AUSTRIA (SEEN AFTER DER ROSENKAVALIER)    Poem Text    
First Line: It is as one imagined it: an english garden
Last Line: It is an one imagined it: an english garden
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


AN OFFICERS' PRISON CAMP SEEN FROM A TROOP-TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: It is some school, brick, green, a sleepy hill
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; World War Ii; Convicts; Second World War


CHARLES DODGSON'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The band played ideomeneo
Last Line: A hippopotamus asleep
Subject(s): Carroll, Lewis (1832-1898); Philosophy & Philosophers; Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge


CHILDREN SELECTING BOOKS IN A LIBRARY    Poem Text    
First Line: With beasts and gods, above, the wall is bright.
Last Line: Change, dear to all things not to themselves endeared
Subject(s): Children; Books & Reading; Childhood


CINDERELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Her imaginary playmate was a grown-up
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


COME TO THE STONE ...    Poem Text    
First Line: The child saw the bombers skate like stones across the field
Last Line: Come to the stone and tell me why I died
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Children; Death; Childhood; Dead, The


DEUTSCH DURCH FREUD    Poem Text    
First Line: I believe - / I do believe, I do believe
Last Line: For certain; I don't know enough german
Subject(s): German Language; Writing & Writers


EIGHTH AIR FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: If, in an odd angle of the hutment
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


FIELD AND FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: When you look down from the airplane you see lines
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


FOR THE MADRID ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Stranger, the wages that we earned
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


GOOD-BYE, WENDOVER; GOOD-BYE, MOUNTAIN HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Wives on day-coaches traveling with a baby
Subject(s): Absence; Army Life; World War Ii; Separation; Isolation; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


GUNNER    Poem Text    
First Line: Did they send me away from my cat and my wife
Subject(s): Holidays


HOHENSALZBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: I should always have known; those who sang from the river
Last Line: A dweller of the earth, invisible
Subject(s): Germany; Relationships


HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life
Last Line: A step is on the stairs
Subject(s): Hope; Optimism


HUGO VAN DER GOES 'PORTINARI ALTARPIECE'       
First Line: After a while the masters show the crucifixion
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Van Der Goes, Hugo


IN GALLERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The guard has a right to despair. He stands by god
Subject(s): Museums; Sculpture & Sculptors; Art Gallerys


IN MONTECITO       
First Line: In a fashionable suburb of santa barbara
Subject(s): California


IN THE CAMP THERE WAS ONE ALIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Flakes pour to the black dead
Last Line: The footsteps die was he dies
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Concentration Camps; Shoah; Judaism


JEROME    Poem Text    
First Line: Each day brings its toad, each night its dragon
Subject(s): Jerome, Saint (347-419)


JONAH    Poem Text    
First Line: As I lie here in the sun
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


LEAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: One winds through firs - their weeds are ferns
Last Line: The mote dances in a nature full of squirrels
Subject(s): Loss; World War Ii; Second World War


LOSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not dying: everybody died
Subject(s): Death; World War Ii; Dead, The; Second World War


MAIL CALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The letters always just evade the hand
Subject(s): Army Life; Postal Service; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen; Second World War


METEORITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Star, that looked so long among the stones
Last Line: Breathe on me still, star, sister
Subject(s): Stars


NEXT DAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Moving from cheer to joy, from joy to all
Subject(s): Aging; Housewives; Middle Age; Wisdom


ON THE RAILWAY PLATFORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The rewarded porters opening their smiles
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


PILOTS, MAN YOUR PLANES    Poem Text    
First Line: Dawn; and the jew's-harp's sawing seesaw song
Subject(s): Air Warfare


PORT OF EMBARKATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Freedom, farewell! Or so the soldiers say
Last Line: The slow lives sank from being like a dream?
Subject(s): Soldiers; Freedom; World War Ii; Liberty; Second World War


PRISONERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the wires of the post, unloading the cans of garbage
Subject(s): War


PROTOCOLS (BIRKENAU, ODESSA; THE CHILDREN SPEAK ALTERNATELY)    Poem Text    
First Line: We went there on the train. They had big barges that towed
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Odessa, Ukraine; Shoah; Judaism


RANDALL JARRELL, OFFICE HOURS 10-11    Poem Text    
First Line: Come back and you will find me just the same
Subject(s): Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965)


SAY GOODBYE TO BIG DADDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Big daddy lipscomb, who used to help them up
Subject(s): Football; Lipscomb, Eugene ('big Daddy'); Sports


SECOND AIR FORCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Far off, above the plain the summer dries
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Army Life; Death; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Dead, The; Second World War


SEELE IN RAUM    Poem Text    
First Line: It sat between my husband and my children
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


SOLDIER (T.P.)    Poem Text    
First Line: When the runner's whistle lights the last miles of darkness
Subject(s): Army Life; War; Drills & Minor Tactics


TERMS    Poem Text    
First Line: One-armed, one-legged, and one-headed
Last Line: But he says softly: “I am a man”
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


THE ANGELS AT HAMBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: In caves emptied of their workers, turning
Last Line: Rides over his city like a star
Subject(s): Hamburg, Germany; Bombs; World War Ii - Germany


THE AUGSBURG ADORATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mozart, goethe, and the duke of wellington
Subject(s): Augsburg, Germany


THE BIRD OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: A shadow is floating through the moonlight
Subject(s): Animals


THE BLACK SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When the swans turned my sister into a swan
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


THE BLIND MAN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I am blind, you out there. That is a curse
Last Line: And that tempts one to show mercy
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


THE BLIND SHEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The sheep is blind; a passing owl
Subject(s): Blindness; Sheep; Visually Handicapped


THE BREATH OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon rises. The red cubs rolling
Last Line: That we were unwilling to trade for this?
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


THE CHIPMUNK'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: In and out the bushes, up the ivy
Subject(s): Animals; Chipmunks


THE CLOCK IN THE TOWER OF THE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: How patient man is in his time
Subject(s): Middle Ages; Millenium; Second Advent; Medieval History; Medieval Civilization; Medieval Literature; Second Coming Of Christ


THE DEAD WINGMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Seen on the sea, no sign; no sign, no sign
Subject(s): Air Warfare; World War Ii; Second World War


THE DEATH OF THE BALL TURRET GUNNER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: From my mother's sleep I fell into the state
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Second World War


THE DREAM OF WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Something is there. And teacher here at home
Last Line: His life and their death: oh morning, morning
Subject(s): War; Death; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


THE EMANCIPATORS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you ground the lenses and the moons swam free
Subject(s): War


THE FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not good any more, not beautiful
Last Line: It is terrible to be alive
Subject(s): Aging; Memory; Self


THE HAPPY CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat's asleep; I whisper kitten
Last Line: Men aren't happy. Why are you?
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE KING'S HUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: After the door shuts, and the footsteps die
Last Line: And blurred into one face: a child's set face
Subject(s): Hunting


THE KNIGHT, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Cowhorn-crowned, shockheaded, cornshuck-bearded
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Durer, Albrecht (1471-1528)


THE LEARNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When the planes come in all night, and the lights reach, wavering
Last Line: This is your world now, ghosts, have you learned anything?
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: After the centers' naked files, the basic line
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE LONELY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Cat sits on the pavement by the house, a
Last Line: Opening in a good firm for a former cat
Subject(s): Cats; Solitude


THE LOST CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Two little girls, one fair, one dark
Last Line: But the child keeps on playing, so I play
Subject(s): Death - Children; Girls; Death - Babies


THE LOST WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: On my way home I pass a cameraman
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Children; Movies; Cinema; Childhood


THE MARCHEN (GRIMM'S TALES)    Poem Text    
First Line: Listening, listening; it is never still
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THE METAMORPHOSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I spat in the harbor the oranges were bobbing
Subject(s): War


THE MOCKINGBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Look one way and the sun is going down
Subject(s): Birds; Mockingbirds


THE OLD AND THE NEW MASTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: About suffering, about adoration, the old masters
Last Line: Is the small radioactive planet men called earth
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Nativity


THE OLIVE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: He went up under the gray leaves
Last Line: And shut from their own mothers' hearts
Subject(s): Doubt; Skepticism


THE ONE WHO WAS DIFFERENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Twice you have been around the world
Last Line: Woman, that is
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Travel; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature; Journeys; Trips


THE ORIENT EXPRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: One looks from the train
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE OWL'S BEDTIME STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: There was once upon a time a little owl
Last Line: A friend to play with,if, now, you will fly
Subject(s): Friendship; Owls


THE PLAYER PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: I ate pancakes one night in a pancake house
Last Line: Plays itself out a half-inch from my fingers
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Nostalgia; Pianos


THE PRINCESS WAKES IN THE WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: It darkened; I was cold
Last Line: In thee all these – all these, and I, are one
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


THE RANGE IN THE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the lizard ran to its little prey
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


THE REFUGEES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the shabby train no seat is vacant
Subject(s): Refugees


THE SICK NOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Do the wife and baby travelling to see
Last Line: This was our peace, this was our war
Subject(s): World War Ii - Casualties


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: VARIATION OF THE PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After the thorns I came to the first page
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THE SNOW-LEOPARD    Poem Text    
First Line: His pads furring the scarp's rime
Subject(s): Leopards


THE SOLDIER WALKS UNDER THE TREES OF THE UNIVERSITY       
First Line: The walls have been shaded for so many years
Last Line: And the blood is black upon the unturned leaves
Subject(s): War


THE SURVIVOR AMONG GRAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: There are fields beyond. The world there obeys
Last Line: That we are waiting; that we are waiting
Subject(s): Survival; War; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


THE TRAVELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: As she rides to the station
Last Line: She gives no answer
Subject(s): Railroad Stations; Money; Terrorism


THE WAYS AND THE PEOPLES    Poem Text    
First Line: What does the storm say? What the trees wish
Last Line: Who is dying and glass on her marvelous bier
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE WOMAN AT THE WASHINGTON ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: The saris go by me from the embassies
Subject(s): Identity; Zoos


THINKING OF THE LOST WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This spoonful of chocolate tapioca
Last Line: Nothing: nothing for which there's no reward
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Los Angeles, California


TIME AND THE THING-IN-ITSELF IN A TEXTBOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: I read it quickly: all the old clich??S
Last Line: As though – as though the fish, at least, were rotten
Subject(s): Academia


TRANSIENT BARRACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer. Sunset. Someone is playing
Last Line: And the thing about it is, it's real
Subject(s): Army Life; Homecoming; World War Ii; Drills & Minor Tactics; Second World War


WELL WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: What a girl called 'the dailiness of life'
Subject(s): Rivers; Wells


WHAT'S THE RIDDLE THEY ASK YOU?    Poem Text     Recitation
Last Line: I don't know
Subject(s): Riddles


WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: Quarried from snow, the dark walks lead to doors
Last Line: It moves so slowly that it does not move
Subject(s): Winter; Solitude