Robinson Jeffers

One more lingering note from the Poets on the Peaks, which I’ve already talked about too much I think, and have perhaps over-praised, is the ideas of inhumanism in the poetry of Robinson Jeffers, which I hadn’t heard about at all before. Some sites below where I found more info. He describes inhumanism as

‘a shifting of emphasis and significance from man to notman; the rejection of human solipsism and recognition of the transhuman magnificence…. This manner of thought and feeling is neither misanthropic nor pessimist…. It offers a reasonable detachment as rule of conduct, instead of love, hate and envy…. it provides magnificence for the religious instinct, and satisfies our need to admire greatness and rejoice in beauty.’

Academy of American Poets – Robinson Jeffers

Modern American Poetry – Robinson Jeffers


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