Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How did Darwinian thought reinforce the Calvinism that Robinson Jeffers had absorbed in his youth?

How was Jeffers’s literary work affected by his rejection of human life as central to the evolutionary scheme?

What aspects of the literary scene in the early twentieth century United States inclined Jeffers toward the kind of poetry he produced in Roan Stallion and Tamar, and Other Poems?

How do techniques such as his metrical schemes and his choice of diction contribute to the success of Jeffers’s long narrative poems?

What does Jeffers mean by “inhumanity”?

To judge from his lyric poems, what did the California coast in the vicinity of Carmel mean to Jeffers?