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Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime$
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Robert Zaller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775632

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.001.0001

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Darwinian Redemptions

Darwinian Redemptions

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(p.96) 3 Darwinian Redemptions
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Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775632.003.0004

This chapter examines the poetry of Jeffers. It discusses how he attempted to work out the implications of a Darwinian world from a theistic perspective, just as in his narratives he sought to find a place for man in it. It also details how Jeffers took the conspectus of a post-Darwinian cosmos both as the epistemological starting point of his verse and as its principal challenge. Several poems are analyzed including “Fire on the Hills,” “Hurt Hawks,” “Orca,” and “Birds and Fishes”.

Keywords:   Robinson Jeffers, sublime, Darwin, Orca, Birds and Fishes, Fire on the Hills, Hurt Hawks

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