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December 2017

            Robinson Jeffers grew up during the industrialization
age, spending most of his life in Carmel, California. Influenced by the idea of individualism,
Jeffers believed that humans had developed a self-centered view of the world,
and they instead should learn to have greater respect for nature. Looking at Jeffers’s “Carmel Point,” Jeffers
praises nature and emphasizes on humans’ self-centered view, a view that leads
humans into thinking that they are inflicting harm upon nature. The poem’s message is that humans shouldn’t
lament the fact that they are destroying nature, because nature is permanent
and it’s not concerned about what we do; humans are insignificant compared to
this great world, and our actions and all the harms we have caused will
eventually pass.

            Jeffers, mankind, and nature are the characters present
in the poem, and the setting is at Carmel, California. Jeffers begins his poem with a “humanized”
perspective on nature, providing an insight on how humans think they are
harming nature: “This beautiful place
defaced with a crop of suburban 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” (lines 2-5). Jeffers
says that the place was beautiful before humans occupied it. “Poppy and lupin” was all that grew here, and
horses and cows were all that moved. Now
that humans moved here, this place got “defaced” with their “crop of suburban
houses.” Jeffers goes on and refers to humans as the
“spoiler” for ruining the place, setting a lamenting tone at this point. Note that some lines of the poem are longer
than other lines, visualizing a flower field, like the poppy and lupin that’s
mentioned in the poem. Not only does Jeffers praise nature in his poem, but
also he physically shapes the poem in a way that relates to nature.

Up until
line 7, Jeffers was speaking with a “humanized” mentality, stating that humans
are defacing nature, but the poem makes a sharp switch in tone when Jeffers
asks, “does it care?” Jeffers employs this rhetorical question as the means to
convey the message of the poem, and his answer to the question is, “Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide / that swells
and in time will ebb, and all / Their work dissolve.” (lines 8-10). What he’s saying is that eventually, all
humans will be gone and only nature will remain, and any harm we’ve done will
“dissolve.” Jeffers metaphorically
compares people to a “tide that swells,” suggesting that humans and all their
harms are temporary and will pass like a tide. On the other hand, nature is
everlasting.  Note that Jeffers
personifies nature when he says that nature “has all time,” assuring that it is
unbothered by all the industrialization humans have done.

Jeffers
then praises the beauty of nature and says that the beauty “lives in the very
grain of the granite” and is “safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliffs.” (lines 11-12). What Jeffers means is that nature’s beauty is
infinite, and no matter what, we can’t diminish nature’s beauty. “Safe as the endless ocean” is a simile used to
compare ocean with safety, suggesting that the world’s beauty is as safely kept
as the water in the vast ocean. Jeffers then states the moral of the poem when
he says, “We must uncenter our minds from ourselves; / We must unhumanize our views a little”
(lines 13-14). What Jeffers means is that the
idea of “people are destroying nature” is very self-centric, and in reality
nature doesn’t care about what we do. If we
“unhumanize” our views a bit, we’ll see that we are not superior to nature, but
it is nature that’s superior to humans. Every human being depends on nature to
live, so it is wrong to think of us humans as the center of the universe. We
therefore must have a greater respect for the whole of nature and bear in mind
that nature is above us.

By
“unhumanizing” his readers, Jeffers widens his audience’s view and shifts the
emphasis from man to nature. Jeffers teaches us that if we only think about
ourselves and our actions, we won’t be able to see the bigger picture. We should step outside our narrow, self-centric
perspective, and look at the bigger picture to learn that we shouldn’t be concerned about the short-term
consequences of our actions. As
Jeffers puts it, we should, “become confident as the rock and ocean that we
were made from,” because in the end, all things will pass and humans will
perish, but nature is permanent.

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