A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

Nashville, Tennessee

On the literary map, travel from Guthrie, Kentucky, to Nashville, Tennessee.


# _____________ Miles to Nashville, Tennessee

$ _____________ Cost for Gasoline to Nashville, Tennessee

Visit Mrs. Steller's Randall Jarrell Gallery.

Visit Randall Jarrell at www.Poets.org and fill-in-the blanks.

"Randall Jarrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1914. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University. From 1937 to 1939 he taught at Kenyon College, where he met ________________ and __________, and then at the University of Texas. His first book of poems, _________________, was published in ______, the same year he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He soon left the Air Corps for the army and worked as a control tower operator, an experience which provided _________________."

"Jarrell's reputation as a poet was established in 1945, while he was still ______________, with the publication of his second book, Little Friend, Little Friend, which bitterly and dramatically _______________________________________ of young soldiers. Other volumes followed, all characterized by great technical skill, empathy with the lives of others, and an almost painful sensitivity. Following the war, Jarrell accepted a teaching position at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and remained there, except for occasional absences to teach elsewhere, until his death. Even more than for his poems, Jarrell is highly regarded as a peerless literary essayist, and was considered the most astute (and most feared) poetry critic of his generation."

Read along as you listen to "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner."

The word “State” in line 1 is capitalized, suggesting a government or nation. In what sense did the gunner fall “into the State”?

What does the last line imply about the condition of the plane and how it landed?

What does it imply about the actualities of war?