Robinson Jeffers' poetry has always taught that men and women «shine» through their endurance, through their acts of courage, and through their appreciation for the transcendent beauty of the natural world. This study uses Aristotle's descriptions of ethos, logos, and pathos to launch an inquiry into the rhetorical means by which Jeffers teaches these lessons, and finally argues that Jeffers' literary and rhetorical artistry made him into a twentieth-century American epic poet.
About the Author
Terry Beers is an assistant professor of English at Santa Clara University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature Program. In addition to essays on Jeffers, he has written on rhetoric and composition. He is currently the executive director of the Robinson Jeffers Association.