Fun Facts Friday: Randall Jarrell

May 6, 2016

Randall Jarrell (6 May, 1914 – 14 October, 1965) was an American poet, writer and children’s author.

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1) Even though he was born in Nashville, TN, Mr. Jarrell spent most of his childhood in Long Beach, Hollywood, CA.

2) He was a lonely and troubled child, which reflects in his poems.

3) When his parents separated at age 11, Mr. Jarrell lived with his grandparents (on his father’s side) before moving back to Nashville with his mother.

4) Mr. Jarrell was influenced by poets Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren and especially John Crowe Ransom.

5) During World War II Mr. Jarrell served in the Air Force.

6) He made his reputation as a poet to the general public due to some of his poignant poems about the war.

7) Mr. Jarrell never made it thorough flight training though, and spent most of the war in Illinois and Arizona.

8) He worked as a professor of English at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

9) He is the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships.

10) Tragically, Mr. Jarrell was killed in a car accident in Greensboro, NC.

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