John Crowe Ransom was born 30 April 1888 and died 3 July 1974
- When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
- 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.
- 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.
- But we moderns are impatient and destructive.
John Crowe Ransom 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.