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By Deborah Fleming

During this serious learn of the impression of W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) at the poetry and drama of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), Deborah Fleming examines similarities in imagery, panorama, trust in everlasting recurrence, use of fable, mistrust of rationalism, and commitment to culture. even if Yeats's and Jeffers's kinds differed commonly, Towers of fantasy and Stone examines how the 2 males shared a imaginative and prescient of modernity, rejected modern values in want of traditions (some in their personal making), and created poetry that sought to alter these values.
Jeffers's famous competition to modernist poetry compelled him for many years to the margins of serious appraisal, the place he used to be visible as an eccentric with no aesthetic content material. but either Yeats and Jeffers formulated social and poetic philosophies that proceed to discover relevance in serious and cultural concept. attractive Yeats's paintings enabled Jeffers to boost a similar, although targeted, experience of what subject matters and subject material have been most suitable for poetic pastime. His connection to Yeats is helping to provide an explanation for the character of Jeffers's poetry while it is helping to elucidate Yeats's impact on those that him. additionally, Fleming argues, Jeffers's curiosity in Yeats means that critics misunderstand Jeffers in the event that they take his rejection of modernism (as exemplified by means of Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Ezra Pound) as a rejection of up to date poetry or the method wherein sleek poetry got here into being.

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The word landscape employed as a verb means to use the land in order to create a way of looking at the world— to shape ideas, attitudes, and perceptions. As adjective it means re-creation of the world around us. Mitchell called landscape painting, a recent and decidedly Western form of art, a “pseudohistorical myth” in which “the discourse of landscape is a crucial means for enlisting ‘Nature’ in the legitimation of modernity, the claim that ‘we moderns’ are somehow different from and essentially superior to everything that preceded us, free of superstition and convention, masters of a unified, natural language epitomized by landscape painting” (13).

French who seems to have wielded autocratic power; Mary Hynes, the peasant girl and legendary beauty; and Red Hanrahan himself, a character from Yeats’s stories who is patterned on the hedge schoolmaster a teacher who instructed the children of peasants Owen Rua O’Sullivan. In his comprehensive study of the poem and its contexts, Troubled Mirror: A Study of Yeats’s “The Tower,” David Young wrote that this section of the poem moves from present landscape to local history to local folklore to his own creation, Hanrahan (22).

Yeats’s and Jeffers’s landscapes remain far more important to their aesthetic than the New England landscape does to Frost’s. Jeffers, unlike Frost, took his theme from place, celebrating the land but at the same time making clear that the poem does not stand in the place of it; the poem is separate, and the landscape is the greater of the two. ” Frost did not attempt to make his own persona synonymous with New England nor did Williams with New Jersey, Eliot with England, or Stevens with New Haven or Florida.

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