Jeffers, Robinson. "Carmel Point".
- "The extraordinary patience of things," the speaker exclaims and so establishes his argument
- contrasts the harmonic beauty of the landscape which was not yet spoiled by human activities when the speaker first encountered it and the appearance of the same landscape with the damage since caused here by human expansion
- pays tribute to the permanence of nature and its "patience" derived from its awareness of the fleeting nature of human impact
- seriously urges the human race to "uncenter" and "unhumanise" its views to win the same dignified serenity or "confidence" as nature has
- free verse, unrhymed
- mourns the destructive aspect of human activities destroying the beauty of nature
- celebrates the calm resistance of nature to these "spoilers"
- asks human beings to draw a lesson from the quality of nature
- creates the tension between the speaker’s desire to preserve the nature untouched by human activities and his paradoxical belonging to the representatives of the human race
- note: Carmel (California) is an actual place on seacoast where Jeffers lived
AuthorJeffers, Robinson. (1887 – 1962).
Full Title"Carmel Point".
Jeffers, Robinson. "Carmel Point". The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Stanford: Standford University Press, 2001.