Robinson Jeffers Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Robinson Jeffers Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Robinson Jeffers’s central concept of the universe and of humankind’s place in it, all-important in understanding his poetry, is grounded in his respect for scientific thought and in his own historical observations, but strongly colored in its expression by emotion. From science, he took a cool, analytical view of the human race as one species that evolved in one stage of an ever-evolving, dynamic universe—a mere “fly-speck” in the scheme of things. Perhaps because of his interest in astronomy (his younger brother, Hamilton, was for many years a scientist at the Lick Observatory in California), he took an extraterrestrial view even of Earth. The first photograph taken by the astronauts of Earth from the vicinity of the...

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