Jeffers’s Inheritors: “Transhuman Magnificence” in Late-Twentieth Century American Poetry



Although the reputation of Robinson Jeffers’s poetry has waxed and waned from the poet’s heyday in the 1930s to the present, his views on “transhuman magnificence” and antianthropocentrism have persisted in such poets as Kenneth Rexroth, A.R. Ammons, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Lucille Clifton, and Joy Harjo. These poets do not march lockstep with Jeffers’s “inhumanist” rhetoric, and some of them have directly challenged Jeffers: I argue that they are Jeffers’s “inheritors” through their belief in the sacredness of nature and their critique of anthropocentrism in a variety of contexts.

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  1. 1.Department of English, Philosophy, and World LanguagesArkansas State UniversityJonesboroUSA

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