Tuesday, May 14, 2013

News at Eleven: That same year, a year after Picasso's "Guernica"

had vivified the torturous horrors of the Spanish Civil War, [Robinson] Jeffers wrote in "Contemplation of the Sword": "Reason will not decide at last; the sword will decide." Increasingly, his father's faith wavered in him. He called his own philosophy/religion "inhumanism," focussing on his belief that "the man-brained and man-handed ground ape" was far too self-absorbed "to feel/Greatly, and understand greatly, and express greatly, the natural/Beauty." An earlier age might have called him a pagan. But his was no blind, Romanticist faith in the beauty of Nature. More like humble awe before infinite mysteries.

from Countercurrents.org: Robinson Jeffers: America's Neglected-At-Our-Peril Poet-Prophet


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