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Next Day The story Next Day was written by Randel Jarrell a teacher critic and poet Jarrell was a democratic believing that poetry belongs to everyday life He loved fairy tales and wrote several books for children He was born in Nashville Tennessee but spent most of his childhood in California where he began a life long fascination with popular culture After his parents divorced he moved back to Nashville with his mother to major in psychology at Vanderbilt and stayed on there to graduate and work in English There were many great poets to emerge after World War 2 and Randel Jarrell was on of them He stood out for his colloquial plainness Most of his writings were based on his past experiences some were about his childhood dreams others were about affects after war and his disappointments of women The poem Next Day is about a women who realizes that she is getting old and is afraid of whats to come as she grows older The setting of the story starts out in a grocery store Jarrell probably picks this setting because usually you find older people there Most mothers and fathers usually shop for the familys groceries As the women shops for food she describes herself as wise she is troubled at what she has become I do not believe wisdom is bad but it is referred to as being old and maybe thats why she is so troubled When she was younger she describes herself as miserable pretty and poor she had wished to have a husband house and children in the future As she gets older she wishes differently she says Now that Im old my wish Is womanish That the boy putting groceries in my car See me Jarrell uses the word womanish meaning that most women wish that most young men would recognize them like they were young again Jarrell describes the women as
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