The Bat Poet Summary
Randall Jarrell

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The Bat Poet Summary

The Bat Poet is about the importance of valuing one's individuality while living in a larger society. The Bat, like anyone was Jarrell's major literary form, he also who lives in a world with other people, must learn to overcome the desire to be like everyone else. He comes to realize that being different can really be fun and interesting. Jarrell's model is the poet, in this case a bat, who is constantly at odds with his fellow bats and other animals. When the bat learns to trust his own instincts rather than follow the example of the other bats, he takes an important step in discovering who he really is.

Jarrell's story also introduces the reader to the realm of poetic observation. Although the bat does not understand the technical aspects of writing, he leams that by observing he can write as well as anyone, including the...

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