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By Robert J. Brophy

American Poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) was once knowledgeable within the classics from an early age and released his first booklet of poetry in 1912. such a lot of Jeffers' paintings is amazing via powerful elemental narratives set within the California Carmel/Big Sur sector. His imagery usually places the rugged fantastic thing about the panorama against the degraded and introverted situation of recent humanity. Jeffers' subject matters draw on classical and biblical resources from his early schooling, and his powerful curiosity in Nietzsche's idea of individualism. a lot of his contemporaries erroneously seemed him as a nihilist. This number of essays makes an attempt to demonstrate the artwork and complexity of Jeffers, whereas featuring new insights into his paintings and its belief between his contemporaries. The essayists are Robert Brophy, Alex Vardamis, Robert Zaller, Terry Beers, Tim Hunt, David J. Rothman, Alan Soldofsky, Kirk Glaser, and William Everson. The essays symbolize more than a few serious issues of entry-some are at the state-of-the-art of feedback and holiday new floor, others try and position Jeffers within the verified views of Western civilization's Christian humanism and American poetry's landscape-centered mysticism. the gathering constitutes the most conversant and energetic study within the box of Jeffers stories. The opinions converse to the character of Jeffer's poetry- the way it challenged either the minds and hearts of its readers and caused them to rigorously outline their very own values and authentically locate their very own heart.

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Are a sort of essential ritual, from which the real action develops on another plane" (SL 68). He embraces tragedy in its pre-Aeschylean sense of the inevitable, blameless fall which yields new beginnings. " Though civilized humans flee the metaphysical implications of cycle, primitives seem to have accepted and celebrated them. Characteristically, in Mediterranean fertility cults, each year the cycle god, Attis, Osiris, Tammuz, or Dionysus, has to suffer the consequences of re-entry into being; each was born in order to die (and be reborn ten thousand times).

Rothman 84 7. Robinson Jeffers and the Female Archetype Panel 110 8. Desire, Death, and Domesticity in Jeffers's Pastorals of Apocalypse Kirk Glaser 137 9. Nature and the Symbolic Order: The Dialogue Between Czeslaw Milosz and Robinson Jeffers Alan Soldofsky 177 10. All Flesh Is Grass William Everson 204 A Review of Jeffers Scholarship 239 Works by Robinson Jeffers: A Chronological Listing 243 Contributors 247 Illustrations follow page 18. Page vii Introduction The essays that follow attempt to illustrate the art and complexity of Robinson Jeffers, while at the same time presenting new insights into his reception among his contemporaries.

To achieve a saving perspective, Jeffers suggests climbing an imaginary Jacob's ladder to the hierophanic cosmic whole. To best become human we must inhumanize ourselves; to more surely find the divine we must learn a larger, more reverent, more ecstatic creaturehood. 5 It may be difficult to agree with Jeffers but he challenges the heart and broadens the mind. In our own personal dialectic with the poet, unsettling as it may be, we might well be forced to define more carefully our own basic values and find more authentically our own center.

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