The Excesses of God: Robinson Jeffers as a Religious Figure
Stanford University Press, 1988 - 190 Seiten
An event of rare literary distinction, this book records the conjunction between two distinguished American poets, illuminating not only their work and their connection but also the deep strain of pantheistic mysticism in the American tradition. In 1934, William Everson came across a volume of Jeffers's poetry. In Everson's word, the power of Jeffers 'broke my own acquired agnosticism and compelled me to think of myself as a manifestly religious man. It is a power I still attest to in writing this study, a power which I continue to think of as an undiluted religious force'. It was after reading Jeffers that Everson's vocation as a poet emerged, and though they never met or corresponded, Everson has remained loyal and dedicated to Jeffers throughout his life. Everson, who published extensively under his religious name Brother Antoninus during his nearly twenty years as a Dominican lay brother, has become one of the most knowledgeable scholars and critics of Jeffers, as well as his one avowed poetic disciple. This book is written as a series of over-lapping and ever-widening meditations on Jeffers's sense of God, nature, the self, and language.
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ONE All Flesh Is Grass
Two The Wine Cup of This Fury
THREE And After the Fire a Still Small Voice
FOUR The Horseleech Hath Two Daughters
actually attribution beauty becomes beginning blood body called character close cloud comes consciousness dark dead death divine dream earth element existence experience expression eyes fact fall feeling felt fire flesh follow force freedom give hand head heart hills holy human Ibid Idea instance intensity Jeffers's kind light living looked man's manifestation means mind mountain mysticism nature never night numen numinous object ocean once Otto passing passion peace poem poet poetry positive possess present prophet pure reality religion religious remains Robinson Jeffers rock roots sacred seeks seems seen sense sexual shaman shining soul spirit Stallion stands stars stone symbols things thought tion transcendence turn universe violence vision voice Void whole wind woman women wrath York
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