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Carmel Point Analysis



Author: poem of Robinson Jeffers Type: poem Views: 14

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The extraordinary patience of things!

This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-

How beautiful when we first beheld it,

Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs;

No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,

Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-

Now the spoiler has come: does it care?

Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide

That swells and in time will ebb, and all

Their works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty

Lives in the very grain of the granite,

Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff.-As for us:

We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;

We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident

As the rock and ocean that we were made from.






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This poem is not ugly at all. It describes the beauty of nature and timelessness of the Earth. It describes how the world will go on after the works of man disappear. Earlier someone posted that an image could not live in an inanimate object, however I believe the poet was simply trying to convey that although humans were \"defacing\" nature, its beauty was still preserved. Also he/she posted that an endless ocean does not produce a \"safe\" image. Although it may seem dangerous to a man, the safety is a more broad concept. The poet is referring to power of the ocean to provide \"safety\" for the natural world in that it helps preserve the life and beauty of the world, regardless of the humans. As to the earlier comment on confidence, it is the confidence that although humans may have a limited time to walk the Earth, people may have confidence in the fact that we are leaving behind something beautiful. It is the confidence that the nature will continue to be. Also, it was posted that \"unhumanize\" is a questionable term, however, it is probable that the poet was simply trying to widen his audience\'s perspective as they thought about the meaning of the poem. If one only thinks about oneself or things that directly influence one\'s life, the broader perspective is missed. By \"unhumanizing,\" the audience is in a state of mind to think about the big picture, and the entire history and future of this world, not only that which concerns humankind.

| Posted on 2013-04-26 | by a guest


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Jeffers proposed the perspective of \'inhumanism\': \"a shifting of emphasis and significance from man to notman; the rejection of human solipsism and recognition of the trans-human magnificence... This manner of thought and feeling is neither misanthropic nor pessimist... It offers a reasonable detachment as rule of conduct, instead of love, hate and envy... it provides magnificence for the religious instinct, and satisfies our need to admire greatness and rejoice in beauty.\"[

| Posted on 2013-03-25 | by a guest


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this is a romantic poem in which the poet deplores human\'s \"intrusion\" into a virgin landscape to deface and corrupt it. nature is superior to man, it is patient and knows that the \'tide\' of people is temporal and transitory. nature is revealed through a mixture of beautiful and strong through the stone imagery (cliff, rock, granite). the poet reflects on the strength that is permanent. the poet,however, provide a solution at the end, we should incenter ourselves, be humble and allow nature to project onto us to give us the sense of confidence despite our impermanence(temporality).

| Posted on 2013-02-26 | by a guest


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This is about humans destroying the earth. In the end nature will make a come back and all will be well again.

| Posted on 2012-09-23 | by a guest


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This poem has no problem speaking for itself... but it appears that some can\'t hear what it has to say! The uglyness of human houses Jeffers speaks of is not some vague reference, or idilic want... afterall he himself built the first house in the area, largely with his own hands... and many of the houses which followed in later times, were there largely because Jeffers had to sell plots of his property to pay taxes... so he knew of what he spoke!
Never the less, Jeffers does see that humans bring only uglyness and decay to everything around them, even sometimes with the best of intentions! After all, the modern city of Carmel is full of rich, but otherwise largely well meaning home owners who clearly appreciate their surroundings... even if their fellow Carmelites and tourists are slowly wringing every last bit of life out of the village.

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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Okay the other person who commented on this clearly doesn't know what he is talking about. This poem has metaphores, similes, personification thats how inatimate objects are refered to living things and emotions. This poem is basically describing that homes have ruined the image of a once beautiful place and that humans have become corrupt in their nature by industrializing. You have to realize that this poet is from the 1800-1900s which is around the industrial age and during that time period many people didn't accept or like the industrialization taking place. I agree with many of his statements and find this to be a very good and well written poem.

| Posted on 2010-05-26 | by a guest


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Ok this message is BS.
"The extraordinary patience of things! " You are going to open your poem with a reference to "things"? That is so nondescript as to be meaningless
"This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-"
These are not just houses they are homes. To you know people. People like to live amid beauty. What is ugly are attitudes like the one expressed.
"How beautiful when we first beheld it," Who is we? ANother meaningless reference with no bearing on the topic.
"Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs; No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,
Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-"
Why couldn't the poem have started like this. Why not use the license to stimulate the imagination?
"Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide That swells and in time will ebb, and all
Their works dissolve" Now the topic turns ugly. Since there is no beauty to speak of if it cannot be beheld. The poet is exposing ugliness at the core of his being.
"Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty
Lives in the very grain of the granite" And just exactly how does an image live in an inanimate object?
"Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff.-" And just exactly how does a seemingly endless ocean conjure up the image of safe? More BS
"We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;"
WTF - This must be the drugs kicking in
"We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident as the rock and ocean that we were made from." Oh gimme a break. Unhumanize? I don't think the poet is human. Confident? That's out of left field. How does that relate? Where does that take this poem?
Into the garbage can as quickly as possible.
And tell Jeffers to ease up on the drugs and start loving poeple a little more.

| Posted on 2008-08-05 | by a guest




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