Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers / Edition 1

Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers / Edition 1

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by Robinson Jeffers

ISBN-10: 0804741085

ISBN-13: 9780804741088

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In 1938 Random House published The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, a volume that would remain in print for more than fifty years. For decades it drew enough poets, students, and general readers to keep Jeffers—in spite of the almost total academic neglect that followed his fame in the 1920s and 1930s—a force in American poetry.

Now scholars

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In 1938 Random House published The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, a volume that would remain in print for more than fifty years. For decades it drew enough poets, students, and general readers to keep Jeffers—in spite of the almost total academic neglect that followed his fame in the 1920s and 1930s—a force in American poetry.

Now scholars are at last beginning to recognize that he created a significant alternative to the High Modernism of Pound, Eliot, and Stevens. Similarly, contemporary poets who have returned to the narrative poem acknowledge Jeffers to be a major poet, while those exploring California and the American West as literary regions have found in him a foundational figure. Moreover, Jeffers stands as a crucial precursor to contemporary attempts to rethink our practical, ethical, and spiritual obligations to the natural world and the environment.

These developments underscore the need for a new selected edition that would, like the 1938 volume, include the long narratives that were to Jeffers his major work, along with the more easily anthologized shorter poems. This new selected edition differs from its predecessor in several ways. When Jeffers shaped the 1938 Selected Poetry, he drew from his most productive period (1917-37), but his career was not over yet. In the quarter century that followed, four more volumes of his poetry were published. This new selected edition draws from these later volumes, and it includes a sampling of the poems Jeffers left unpublished, along with several prose pieces in which he reflects on his poetry and poetics.

This edition also adopts the texts of the recently completed The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (five volumes, Stanford, 1988-2000). When the poems were originally published, copy editors and typesetters adjusted Jeffers's punctuation, often obscuring the rhythm and pacing of what he actually wrote, and at points even obscuring meaning and nuance. This new selected edition, then, is a much broader, more accurate representation of Jeffers's career than the previous Selected Poetry.

Reviews of volumes in

The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

"A masterful job of contemporary scholarly editing, this book begins an edition intended to clarify a 'Jeffers canon,' establishing for times to come the verse legacy of a poet who looked on all things with the eyes of eternity."—San Francisco Chronicle

"This edition will be standard . . . a tribute and justice to a poet whose independent strength has survived to challenge personal and public canons."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Jeffers is the last of the major poets of his generation—Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Moore, Eliot—to get his collected poems. Now that the job is at hand, it is done very well. . . . Tim Hunt has been painstaking in his editorial preparation and judicious in his presentation. . . . A great poet is ready for his due."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Few American poets are treated as well by publishers as Jeffers is by Stanford University Press. . . . These poems represent a distinctive voice in the American canon, and it is good to have them so wonderfully set forth."—Christian Century

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Table of Contents

To His Father15
Suicide's Stone16
Divinely Superfluous Beauty17
The Excesses of God17
To the Stone-Cutters18
To the House18
Salmon Fishing19
Natural Music19
Wise Men in Their Bad Hours20
To the Rock That Will Be a Cornerstone of the House21
The Cycle22
Shine, Perishing Republic23
Continent's End24
Point Joe98
Gale in April99
The Treasure100
Boats in a Fog105
People and a Heron106
Autumn Evening110
from The Tower Beyond Tragedy (final scene)112
Roan Stallion115
Post Mortem137
Clouds at Evening139
Apology for Bad Dreams141
The Broken Balance160
Hurt Hawks165
Bixby's Landing167
An Artist168
The Machine171
Meditation on Saviors172
A Redeemer178
Tor House181
Hooded Night297
Evening Ebb298
The Loving Shepherdess299
from Descent to the Dead: Shane O'Neill's Cairn361
from Descent to the Dead: Ossian's Grave362
from Descent to the Dead: The Broadstone365
from Descent to the Dead: In the Hill at Newgrange366
from Descent to the Dead: Ghosts in England370
from Descent to the Dead: Inscription for a Gravestone372
from Descent to the Dead: Subjected Earth373
Notes to "Descent to the Dead"375
The Bed by the Window376
Winged Rock376
The Place for No Story379
New Mexican Mountain380
November Surf381
Fire on the Hills394
A Little Scraping397
Still the Mind Smiles399
Give Your Heart to the Hawks400
Love the Wild Swan500
The Cruel Falcon501
Distant Rainfall501
Rock and Hawk502
Shine, Republic503
Flight of Swans505
from At the Birth of an Age (vision of the self-hanged God)506
Gray Weather508
Red Mountain509
The Purse-Seine514
The Wind-Struck Music516
The Answer522
The Beaks of Eagles523
All the Little Hoof-Prints524
Contemplation of the Sword527
Oh Lovely Rock529
October Week-End531
Steelhead, Wild Pig, The Fungus532
Night without Sleep541
Self-Criticism in February543
Now Returned Home545
Theory of Truth547
Come Little Birds554
The House-Dog's Grave559
Prescription of Painful Ends561
The Day Is a Poem562
The Bloody Sire563
The Stars Go over the Lonely Ocean564
For Una565
Drunken Charlie568
Pearl Harbor577
Advice to Pilgrims579
Historical Choice580
Calm and Full the Ocean581
The Blood-Guilt582
Original Sin585
The Inquisitors589
Quia Absurdum591
The Inhumanist (Part II of The Double Axe)592
The Beauty of Things652
Carmel Point676
De Rerum Virtute677
The Deer Lay Down Their Bones680
The Shears685
Birds and Fishes687
Let Them Alone688
"The unformed volcanic earth"689
The Ocean's Tribute694
On an Anthology of Chinese Poems695
"The mathematicians and physics men"696
The Epic Stars699
"Goethe, they say, was a great poet"700
"It nearly cancels my fear of death"704
Preface, Tamar (1923)707
Introduction, Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems (1935)710
Foreword, The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1938)713
Preface, The Double Axe and Other Poems (original version, 1947)719
Poetry, Gongorism, and a Thousand Years (1948)723
Aesthetics (1910)731
The Palace (1914)733
May 5, 1915 (1915)735
Oblation/Testament (1918)737
The Shore of Dreams (1919?)738
The Hills Beyond the River (1919)739
Doors to Peace (mid-1920s)740
Forecast (1925)742
Not a Laurel on the Place (1926)743
Ninth Anniversary (1928)744
Oct. 27 Lunar Eclipse - 98% (On the Calendar) (1939)745
Tragedy Has Obligations (1943)746
Rhythm and Rhyme (1949)747
Index of Titles749
Index of First Lines752

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The Selected Poetry Of Robinson Jeffers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How deep, In touch with mother earth. His insight into the spirit world, deminsions so sensitive. Wonderful kindred spirit
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