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Cawdor/Medea: A Long Poem after Euripides

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Here for a new generation of readers and students are two major poetic works of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).
The verse narrative Cawdor, set on the ruthless California coast which Jeffers knew so well, tells a simple tale: an aging widower, Cawdor, unwilling to relinquish his youth, knowingly marries a young girl who does not love him. She falls in love with his son, Hood, and the narrative unfolds in tragedy of immense proportions.Medea is a verse adaptation of Euripides' ...

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Overview

Here for a new generation of readers and students are two major poetic works of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).
The verse narrative Cawdor, set on the ruthless California coast which Jeffers knew so well, tells a simple tale: an aging widower, Cawdor, unwilling to relinquish his youth, knowingly marries a young girl who does not love him. She falls in love with his son, Hood, and the narrative unfolds in tragedy of immense proportions.Medea is a verse adaptation of Euripides' drama and was created especially for the actress Judith Anderson. Their combined genius made the play one of the outstanding successes of the 1940s. In Medea, Jeffers relentlessly drove toward what Ralph Waldo Emerson had called "the proper tragic element"—terror.

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Dana Gioia
Wildly violent, sexual, and visionary, but probably the best book-length narrative poem of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811200738
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1970
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 833,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Have produced this play on stage as well as taught it to AP and

    Have produced this play on stage as well as taught it to AP and Academic English students in grade 12. An exceptional redaction that offers considerable fodder for discussion and application. Used in our curriculum to teach Greek aesthetics (Classicism and Hellenism) later applied to art analysis. Satisfying and intense read

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