(When John Crowe Ransom's Selected Poems was given the 196...)
When John Crowe Ransom's Selected Poems was given the 1964 National Book Award in Poetry, the citation read: "John Crowe Ransom is a poet whose unmistakable voice -- ironic, wayward, gentle and infallibly human -- has registered itself for many years in poetry that is an ornament to American letters. His Selected Poems may be compared, in number, to the poems of Andrew Marvell, and are likely to be as imperishable." This third edition contains poems from Ransom's earlier volumes, Poems about God, Chills and Fever, and Two Gentlemen in Bonds, which he has revised and added to this collection. The final section is made up of eight "pairings" -- original texts of poems side by side with later revisions. In each instance Ransom provides an informal commentary, pinpointing his dissatisfaction with the old version and analyzing the creative impulse (and technical means) that shaped the new -- an unusual revelation of the poet at work. This is an invaluable, indeed unique, collection by a distinguished poet who has long occupied an important place in contemporary American poetry. John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974) was an educator, scholar, literary critic, poet, essayist and editor. He is considered to be a founder of the New Criticism and as a faculty member at Kenyon College, he was the first editor of the widely regarded Kenyon Review. Highly respected as a teacher and mentor to a generation of accomplished students, he also was a prize-winning poet and essayist.
(God were complete a year ago, that is at about the time w...)
God were complete a year ago, that is at about the time when the great upheaval going on in God sworld en gulfed our country too. Since then I have added a little only, and my experience has led me so wide that I can actually look back upon those antebellum accomplishments with the eye of the impartial spectator, or at most with a fatherly tenderness, no more. In this reviewing act I find myself thinking sometimes that the case about God may not be quite so desperate as the young poet chooses to believe. But it is not for that reason that I shall ever think of suppressing a single one of his poems. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.) About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology. Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
(John Crowe Ransom distinguished himself as one of the Sou...)
John Crowe Ransom distinguished himself as one of the South’s foremost poets and literary critics of the twentieth century, cultivating a poetic style that celebrated rural, agrarian life as an antidote to the increasing complexity of modern society. In the process, he helped formulate a new method of literary analysis, the New Criticism, which advocated close reading of texts with attention to their form and internal meaning. His students included such prominent literary figures as Robert Penn Warren, Cleanth Brooks, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and E. L. Doctorow. Ransom’s poetry, which he revised extensively throughout his lifetime, offers a concise representation of his ideas about art, life, and the vocation of poets. The Complete Poems contains every poem that Ransom wrote, including his three books—Poems About God, Chills and Fever, and Two Gentlemen in Bonds—as well as the additional poems that appeared in the three editions of his Selected Poems, one of which won the National Book Award in 1964. The volume also collects poems that appeared only in newspapers and magazines, as well as a handful of unpublished poems that Ransom left in manuscript at the time of his death. This variorum edition establishes the definitive text of each poem, collating Ransom’s elaborate revisions. Detailed annotations identify sources, parse obscure allusions, and highlight the archaic language that constitutes a significant aspect of Ransom’s poetic technique. The volume also contains introductions to each of Ransom’s separately published volumes, giving the background of their composition and an account of their contemporary reception. Edited by Ashby Bland Crowder, this volume constitutes a definitive scholarly edition of John Crowe Ransom’s poetry, providing an essential resource for the study of twentieth-century American literature.
John Crowe Ransom was an American educator, scholar, literary critic, poet, essayist and editor. He is considered to be a founder of the New Criticism school of literary criticism. As a faculty member at Kenyon College, he was the first editor of the widely regarded Kenyon Review. Highly respected as a teacher and mentor to a generation of accomplished students, he also was a prize winning poet and essayist.
Ransom was the third of four children of a Methodist minister. His family was highly literate. He published five main books of poetry, four books of essays, and edited three anthologies. He also published one textbook on writing, "A College Primer of Writing" (1943).
Ransom was home schooled until age ten.
He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1909 and taught English there from 1914 to 1937. At Vanderbilt he was a key figure in a group of poets and critics known as the Fugitives, who celebrated the regional traditions of the South in their writings, many of which appeared in the periodical "The Fugitive" (1922–25). He interrupted his studies for two years to teach sixth and seventh grades in Taylorsville, Mississippi and Latin and Greek in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
After teaching one more year in Lewisburg, Ransom was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. He attended Oxford University's Christ Church, 1910–13, where he read "Greats", as the course in Greek and Latin classics is called.
Member faculty Vanderbilt University, 1914-1937, Professor of English, 1927-1937. Carnegie professor poetry Kenyan College, 1937-1958. Honorary consultant American letters Library of Congress.
Senior fellow (summers) Kenyon School English, now School Letters, Indiana U. Lector Colorado State Teachers College, Peabody College Teachers U. New Mexico, U. Florida, U. Kentucky, University Texas, Woman’s College North Carolina, U. Chattanooga, W. Tennessee Teachers College, Bread Loaf School English, Harvard. An editor and publisher The Fugitive, Nashville.