John Crowe Ransom


Born
in Pulaski, Tennessee, The United States
April 30, 1888

Died
July 03, 1974

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Average rating: 3.93 · 197 ratings · 32 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
Selected Poems

3.61 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1969 — 5 editions
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Criticism, Inc.

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The Complete Poems Of John ...

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The New Criticism

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Land!: The Case for an Agra...

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God Without Thunder: An Uno...

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The World's Body

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Poems and Essays

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Two Gentlemen in Bonds

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Beating the Bushes: Selecte...

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More books by John Crowe Ransom…
“Romance Of A Youngest Daughter"

Who will wed the Dowager’s youngest daughter,
The Captain? filled with ale?
He moored his expected boat to a stake in the water
And stumbled on sea-legs into the Hall for mating,
Only to be seduced by her lady-in-waiting,
Round-bosomed, and not so pale.


Or the thrifty burgher in boots and fancy vest
With considered views of marriage?
By the tidy scullery maid he was impressed
Who kept that house from depreciation and dirt,
But wife does double duty and takes no hurt,
So he rode her home in his carriage.


Never the spare young scholar antiquary
Who was their next resort;
They let him wait in the crypt of the Old Library
And found him compromised with a Saxon book,
Claiming his truelove Learning kept that nook
And promised sweet disport.


Desirée (of a mother’s christening) never shall wed
Though fairest child of her womb;
“We will have revenge,” her injured Ladyship said,
“Henceforth the tightest nunnery be thy bed
By the topmost stair! When the ill-bred lovers come
We’ll say, She is not at home.”
John Crowe Ransom

“Tell this to ladies: how a hero man
Assail a thick and scandalous giant
Who casts true shadow in the sun,
And die, but play no truant.

This is more horrible: that the darling egg
Of the chosen people hatch a creature
Of noblest mind and powerful leg
Who cannot fathom nor perform his nature.”
John Crowe Ransom, The Complete Poems Of John Crowe Ransom

“Piazza Piece

—I am a gentleman in a dustcoat trying
To make you hear. Your ears are soft and small
And listen to an old man not at all,
They want the young men's whispering and sighing.
But see the roses on your trellis dying
And hear the spectral singing of the moon;
For I must have my lovely lady soon,
I am a gentleman in a dustcoat trying.

—I am a lady young in beauty waiting
Until my truelove comes, and then we kiss.
But what gray man among the vines is this
Whose words are dry and faint as in a dream?
Back from my trellis, Sir, before I scream!
I am a lady young in beauty waiting.”
John Crowe Ransom

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