The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers / Edition 1

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Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) is not only the greatest poet that the American West has produced but also a major poet of the twentieth century in the tradition of American prophetic poetry. This anthology serves as an introduction to Jeffers's work for the general reader and for students in courses on American poetry.

Jeffers composed each volume of his verse around one or two long narrative or dramatic poems. The Wild God of the World follows this practice: in it, Cawdor, one of Jeffers's most powerful narratives, is surrounded by a representative selection of shorter poems.

At the end of the book, the editor has provided revealing statements about Jeffers's poetry and poetics, and about his philosophy of nature and human nature.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"For too many decades Jeffers has been the forgotten giant of American poetry. The Wild God of the World gathers his best and most central work. For those who would discover Jeffers, the intense beauty of his poems of the California coast; the reach of his meditations on history, science, and God; and the lyricism of his personal poems, this is the place to start—and a place to return again and again." —Tim Hunt, Washington State University

"Of all the poets of his generation, [Robinson Jeffers] made our relation to this earth and sea and sky and wheeling seasons and the evolutionary processes that made trees and salmon runs and hunting hawks, his subject. As that relation grows more troubled, his words become more necessary. To have this beautifully edited and freshly seen anthology is a gift."
—Robert Hass,University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804745925
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 769,533
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Gelpi is William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, at Stanford University. Among his many books is The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov (Edited with Robert Bertholf); (Stanford, Forthcoming).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Robinson Jeffers and the Sublime 1
Divinely Superfluous Beauty 23
The Excesses of God 23
To the Stone-Cutters 24
To the House 24
Salmon Fishing 25
Natural Music 25
To the Rock That Will Be a Cornerstone of the House 26
The Cycle 27
Shine, Perishing Republic 28
Continent's End 29
Point Joe 31
Point Pinos and Point Lobos 32
Birds 37
Boats in a Fog 38
Granite and Cypress 39
Phenomena 40
Doors to Peace 41
Post Mortem 42
Pelicans 43
Apology for Bad Dreams 44
Credo 48
Hurt Hawks 49
Bixby's Landing 50
Tor House 51
Ninth Anniversary 52
Cawdor 53
Hooded Night 148
Evening Ebb 148
The Bed by the Window 149
Winged Rock 149
November Surf 150
Fire on the Hills 150
Still the Mind Smiles 151
Return 151
Love the Wild Swan 152
Rock and Hawk 153
Shine, Republic 154
Flight of Swans 155
Gray Weather 156
The Purse-Seine 157
The Wind-Struck Music 159
Nova 161
The Beaks of Eagles 162
Oh Lovely Rock 163
Night without Sleep 164
The Bloody Sire 166
For Una 167
Cassandra 170
The Eye 170
The Blood-Guilt 171
Original Sin 172
Tragedy Has Obligations 173
Rhythm and Rhyme 174
Animals 174
The Beauty of Things 175
Carmel Point 175
De Rerum Virtute 176
The Deer Lay Down Their Bones 179
The Shears 181
Birds and Fishes 182
Vulture 183
Granddaughter 184
Hand 184
Oysters 185
Letter to Sister Mary James Power (1934) 189
Introduction to Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems (1935) 191
From Foreword to The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1938) 194
Poetry, Gongorism, and a Thousand Years (1948) 196
Statement to the American Humanist Association (March 25, 1951) 201
A Chronology of Jeffers' Books of Poetry 203
Index of Titles 204
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