An exhibition of essential elements by the burning away through pain and ruin of inertia and the unessential. " Rudolf Gilbert describes the process this way: "What to Athanasius was divinity, to Jeffers is nature — nature and divinity always separated... Cawdor and Medea - Page xviby Robinson Jeffers - 1970 - 191 pagesLimited preview
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William Henry Nolte - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 218 pages
...climaxes of narrative processes in which humanity is revealed as abject. Jeffers defined tragedy as "an exhibition of essential elements by the burning away through pain and ruin of inertia and the unessential";38 the sustained intensity and repulsive violence of Jeffers's narratives seem intended...