Beauty with No Beholder

What if we had no consciousness? Would beauty still be there? Robinson Jeffers poetry addresses this with brave poetic endeavors. If there were no consciousness at all, would beauty be gone?

A poet as well as a scientist, Jeffers wrote in verse about consciousness until its popularity waned. A victim of conscious  rejections? Too cerebral?

Even with many intellectual followers, he reached a limit of tolerance regarding his verses on consciousness when he published his poem “Women at Point Sur.” Afterward he regrouped.

To be able to present something that complex I consider an achievement. Just before he reached this apex on consciousness, he maintained a following with another poem “Credo.”

Reading “Credo” not only did I feel his quest for understanding consciousness, but his love for having its mystery. I have yet to read “Women at Point Sur,” but look forward to the moment.

“The beauty of things was born before                                                                                                                                                                            eyes and sufficient to itself; the heart-                                                                                                                                                                       breaking beauty                                                                                                                                                                                                               Will remain when there is no heart to                                                                                                                                                                            break for it.” (last lines of Credo)



6 thoughts on “Beauty with No Beholder

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 27, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    For me, both too cerebral and unrelated to anything reality-based. I have to admit; I don’t care.

    • fictionfitz April 28, 2014 / 6:58 am

      It is a nerd thing and I am a nerd. What it is doing for me is adding purpose to my writing. Or at least has me thinking about it.

  2. David Kanigan April 27, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Bob, what a coincidence that we both feature Robinson Jeffers in the same span of 24 hours. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing

    • fictionfitz April 28, 2014 / 6:56 am

      I picked up on Jeffers after reading Henry Miller’s Big Sur book. Terrific read. I am now reading Inventing the Language by George Hart which is all about Jeffers and his poems of consciousness and biopoetics. I find this genre a great connection to purpose in my writing.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions April 27, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Interesting question. Are we considered conscious or unconscious when we sleep? And if we are unconscious when we sleep but dream of heartbreaking beauty?

    • fictionfitz April 28, 2014 / 6:57 am

      Now somewhere I read the answer to this, but forgot. Have to ask Thomas Moore. Whatever the answer, I vote for dreams of heart lifting beauty. I am always for the light.

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