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The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume Two: 1928-1938
     

The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume Two: 1928-1938

by Robinson Jeffers
 

Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) is not only the greatest poet that California (and indeed the American West) has produced but a major poet of the twentieth century who occupies a prominent place in the tradition of American prophetic poetry.

Jeffers consciously set himself apart from the poetry of his generation—by physical isolation at his home in Carmel, by

Overview


Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) is not only the greatest poet that California (and indeed the American West) has produced but a major poet of the twentieth century who occupies a prominent place in the tradition of American prophetic poetry.

Jeffers consciously set himself apart from the poetry of his generation—by physical isolation at his home in Carmel, by his unusual poetic form, and by his stance as an "anti-modernist." Yet his work represents a profound, and profoundly original, artistic response to problems that shaped modernist poetry and that still perplex poets today; how to reconcile scientific and artistic discourses and modes of vision; how to connect present-day experience to myths perceived as lying at the origins of human culture; how to renew the poetic language and how (or whether) to present art's claim to moral, spiritual, or epistemological seriousness within representations of modern phenomena.

For Jeffers, as for no other important modern American poet, there has never been a collected poems, not even a truly representative selected poems—the current Selected Poetry, first published in 1938, contains no work from the last three volumes published during Jeffers' lifetime or from his posthumous volume. Now, for the first time, all of Jeffers' completed poems, both published and unpublished, are presented in a single, comprehensive, and textually authoritative edition.

The first three volumes of this four-volume work, will present chronologically all of Jeffers' published work from 1920 to 1963. The present volume consists of poems written between 1928 and 1938—the narratives Dear Judes, Thurso's Landing, Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Solstice, and Such Counsels You Gave to Me, as well as shorter verse dramas and lyric poems.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

"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

Library Journal
This second volume in the series contains both major and minor works. Of last year's kick-off volume ( LJ 4/15/88), LJ 's reviewer said, ``This first effort to publish the complete poems affords the reader not only the pleasure of Jeffers's engaging style and iconoclastic subjects but also a rich matrix for studying an alternative to what has now become the modernist tradition.''-- MR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804717236
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1989
Series:
Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers Series , #2
Edition description:
1
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author


Tim Hunt is Academic Dean of Deep Springs College, California, and the author of Kerouac's Crooked Road: The Development of a Fiction

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