John Crowe Ransom - Quotes

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Now between the meanings of words and their sounds there is ordinarily no discoverable relation except one of accident; and it is therefore miraculous, to the mystic, when words which make sense can also make a uniform objective structure of accents and rhymes. ---->>>

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents. ---->>>

And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious. ---->>>

And yet what is Modernism? It is undefined. ---->>>

Their free verse was no form at all, yet it made history. ---->>>

Or he can work it out as a metrical and formal exercise, but he will be disappointed in its content. The New Year's prospect fairly chills his daunting breast. ---->>>

But we moderns are impatient and destructive. ---->>>

It is a miracle of harmony, of the adaptation of the free inner life to the outward necessity of things. ---->>>

The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape? ---->>>

For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties. ---->>>

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form. ---->>>

Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet. ---->>>

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: April 30, 1888
Birthplace: Pulaski, Tennessee
Die: 07-03, 1974
Occupation: Poet

John Crowe Ransom (April 30, 1888 – July 3, 1974) 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 (wikipedia)