This chapter examines Emerson's influence on the poetry of Jeffers. It discusses Emerson's engagement with the sublime and then considers Jeffers' most obvious appropriation (and reworking) of Emerson in his early sonnet sequence, “The Truce and the Peace.” The occasion of the sequence was the armistice that ended World War I, an event that had deeply shaken his faith in civilization and forced him to confront violence as a universal fact of experience. The sequence, with its rhymed quatrains, is not yet the Jeffers who found his distinctive voice in blank verse, but it contains so many of his subsequent themes and images that it might almost be considered the matrix of his mature art.
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