Tuesday, June 01, 2010

"Moving from Cheer to Joy, from Joy to All"--Huh?: Inaccuracy in Randall Jarrell's "Next Day."

Since Joy is a dishwashing liquid and Cheer and All are laundry detergents, how does the speaker in Randall Jarrell's "Next Day" " [move] from Cheer to Joy, from Joy to All"? Is the dishwashing liquid in the supermarket stocked between brands of laundry detergent? Is the heavy-handed irony more important than accuracy?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For Jarrell, it is wakening up people, for the reality of their life and culture, that is more important than accuracy or laundry detergents, or even to be ironic.