My analysis of the poets Robinson Jeffers and Wallace Stevens focuses on their respective use of the term inhuman. Both poets, though seldom compared, share a common preoccupation with the world's cold facticity—that there is a world independent of, and indeed, indifferent to the human.
In order to situate the two poets, I use Martin Heidegger as an interlocutor to explore how each of them deals with humanity's diminished stature in a post-Copernican, post-Darwinian universe.
Elaborating on Heidegger's ideas about caring and dwelling, I suggest that each poet's gesture towards the inhuman is in fact the most human gesture, an attempt to take care of the invisible, the lost; by reflecting the "the inhuman more," their poems work to set things free as they are.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Heidegger, Martin, Jeffers, Robinson, Stevens, Wallace|
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