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Roan Stallion, Tamar and Other Poems Hardcover – 1953


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Modern Library; Early Reprint edition (1953)
  • ASIN: B000JD7BT6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cvairag VINE VOICE on February 14, 2007
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The work of Robinson Jeffers is undergoing a slow, but assured and due re-evaluation. The impending ecological collapse, the crazed banality of global Americanization, the ruthless insensibility and arrogance of globalization, our mindless and irresponsible over- population, all attest to Jeffers prescience and the longsuffering of the planet which he attempted with varying success to articulate. Yet, aside from William Everson and one other reviewer here on Amazon, I feel quite alone in asserting that Jeffers is the most important 20th century American literary poet. Let it be said: `The Answer' may be the most telling poem ever penned on the defiled soil of this continent - and the work collected in the celebrated Ansel Adams Sierra Club volume `Not Man Apart' is of a level uniformly high enough to compare favorably to any anthology ever collected from a single poetic voice. Jeffers, at his best, is a good as good gets.

But, as with the work of all poets, the best being very fine, the greater body of the work becomes increasingly uneven. The philosopher Plato seemed to identify a salient truth when he noted that the problem with poetry (as with human creation in general) is that the poet is sometimes inspired - overflowing with the good, the beautiful, the true - but then again, and perhaps more often than we would want, less than inspired - and again at times, unabashedly awful. Norman Mailer, analyzing pugilistic technique, observed, "your best move and your worst move are right next to each other". And perhaps it is in his humanity, oft misinterpreted by lesser minds, yet none-the-less human and fallible in his humanness, that Jeffers reputation has somewhat foundered. Jeffers was ambitious. He attempts much, and achieves a bit.
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