John Crowe Ransom's life was in one sense extraordinary—though in his lifetime well known as a critic, an acute theorist on poetry, and an influential teacher under whom studied eminent twentieth-century poets including Robert Lowell, Anthony Hecht, James Wright, and Robert Penn Warren, at the center of his achievement are a few dozen poems, unique in tone, written over the space of four or five years in the early to mid-1920s. This small body of work forms the vital nucleus of everything else, in a literary sense, that he did.Less
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