This child while living, built himself many reputations among the town's people. None of the members of society felt it was there duty to help or inform this child of the path he was taken. However, when he dies some criticize his life and feel the need to criticize his actions in life.
The weather was cold but bright, the roads would be clear all the way to the airport in Columbus, and the car I would be driving belonged to the Kenyon College fleet, so it was a lot younger than the one I owned.
I was early by at least twenty minutes, and that was due not to inadvertence but to planning. I had left my house just off Gaskin Street at precisely the moment I had figured would give me the most defensible argument for arriving early.
What if traffic got clogged the other side of Centerburg?
What if the flight from Columbus to LaGuardia left a little early? Better to get to my assigned location a little early than a little late, right? Sorry to be a little early, but I heard a report about some possible road conditions north of Columbus and I wanted to be on the safe side.
You might have to wait a bit. Are you kidding me? So I was ready. Hair combed, in full uniform of coat and tie, looking fit to be buried, all that when I heard opening noises on the other side of the front door and a shuffling of elderly feet in toddle.
The wife, I thought. Speak up so she can hear you when she gets the door open. Look at her, not over her shoulder for a glimpse of either one of them. The door opened a crack, paused, and then swung all the way wide like a couplet chiming at the end of a sonnet with a Shakespearean rhyme scheme.
Catching the gleam of white hair, I adjusted my sight downward. It was not one of the women of the family, nor a cleaning lady, nor a stranger. It was the essential old man himself.
Things I got to do. What do you teach, beside bad writers? But we teach the classics, English and American. As we sat down in the living room, and as I readied myself for what I hoped would be a feast of literary talk, I mentally ticked off two more names from my list of Vanderbilt fugitives sighted, tracked down, and met.
It was of such great worth now because of what it had meant when no one took notice of it. It had been at its height when it was known the least.
Now it stood as a monument to itself, glowing from within with an immortal fire, no longer to be touched in this ordinary world. It was an obligation to be honored, and by God they would, if not actually read these impenetrable works, publicly honor them and their makers, no matter how much trouble it caused them to do so.
In fact, in the bar of the Vanderbilt Faculty Club, housed in a mansion on the campus left from a time when the land was a farm occupied by a former governor, Henry Foote, not yet purchased by Cornelius Vanderbilt as a handy location on the edge of Nashville for the establishment of a university, Robert Penn Warren had ignored the directions of the distinguished professor of creative writing to seat himself at the table set aside for august personages and took instead the last chair at a table occupied by three assistant professors.
The corrupt will drive out the good, every time. Send it to the Sewanee Review. I never did that. But I do remember Warren talking to us three new members of the Vanderbilt Department of English about whatever topics we raised, as though our opinions were worth considering or at least hearing fully stated.
As he responded to our questions about his opinion of the movie made from his novel about Huey Long, our suppositions about the ending of his short story "Blackberry Winter," our wondering at his turning so much attention to writing poetry late in life as opposed to prose, the distinguished senior faculty and important guests at the other tables muttered in low tones as they shot glances in our direction.
They did not like our having Robert Penn Warren to ourselves for that hour of lunch and literary talk. And that made our hearts glad. I was indeed glad to have had the chance to sit with these two main men of the Fugitive Group, about which so much had been written and who had exercised such influence on American literature of the twentieth century, and I was looking forward to the fifty-mile drive alone with one of them.
Not only did my old relatives back in East Texas dwindle and fade without knowing or admitting it, but so would a Fugitive poet. Although Warren had repeatedly assured his old teacher that he was being taken away by some young man in a car of his own volition, the founding editor of the Kenyon Review and the author of poems and essays published and republished and studied begged like an abandoned father for his younger friend not to leave him.
But we still have them in print alive as ever, of course, no matter what he does to them now. Can you imagine John Ransom doing that? No more planned than an egg boiling on a stove.
But tell me, Dr. Can you recite one of yours to me? And I would be able to do it, shameful as it is to confess. I did have them by heart, each and every one, as pitiful as they were, being like all attempters of the craft so smitten with my own productions that I could dream them aloud at any point, drunk or sober.
After all, he had his poems by heart, just as did John Crowe Ransom, back in his study in a constant worry over getting it right and trying to hack his way through another sonnet that kept growing on him, despite all attempts at controlling the creative impulse, that part that would not wither and fade and die, no matter the state of the vehicle temporarily housing it.John Crowe Ransom's "Dead Boy" is a poem about the different opinions in society regarding a.
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