THE BEGINNING AND THE END by Robinson Jeffers

THE BEGINNING AND THE END

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Born in 1887, Robinson Jeffers has been widely printed and anthologized as ne of the ""New Poets"" of the '20's and the '30's. His poetry has been massive, ombre, Greek-tragic on a grand scale. These much later poems lack much of the earlier fire. The book is rather a poignant summation of a poet's life. It begins with a long poem on the origins of the earth and its evolution to man and the atom age; an odd recapitulation of things learnt and known, and a restatement of securities nce taken for granted. Next there are brief poems on the present appalling state of mankind; and finally more personal fragments about the poet's own feelings about his own life, and death--- a touching, last realization of lone identity in a poet who, when younger, rarely allowed the personal into the grand scheme of his poetry. ncomplete in themselves, these poems have been arranged to provide a poignant, rounded, last look at life and they leave a real image of a far-reaching personality.

Publisher: Random House