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Robinson Jeffers

Data de nascimento: 10. Janeiro 1887
Data de falecimento: 20. Janeiro 1962
Outros nomes: رابینسون جفرس, Робинсон Џеферс, רובינסון ג'פרס

John Robinson Jeffers foi um poeta estadunidense.

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„Creio que o Universo é um ser, todas as suas peças são diferentes expressões da mesma energia, e todos eles estão em comunicação uns com os outros, portanto, partes de um todo orgânico.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole.
Carta à Irmã Mary James Power (1 de Outubro de 1934), publicada em "The Wild God of the World : An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers" (2003), editado por Albert Gelpi, p. 189

„A corrupção nunca foi obrigatória; quando as cidades mentem nos pés do monstro ficam as montanhas.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains
Shine, Perishing Republic (1939)

„Mesmo que as peças pareçam feias o conjunto continua lindo.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful.
The Answer (1936)

„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.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Carmel Point"
Contexto: 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.

„When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.
To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for evil; and not be duped
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will not be fulfilled.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Answer" (1936)
Contexto: Then what is the answer? — Not to be deluded by dreams.
To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence, and their tyrants come, many times before.
When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.
To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted and not wish for evil; and not be duped
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will not be fulfilled.

„O that our souls could scale a height like this,
A mighty mountain swept o'er by the bleak
Keen winds of heaven“

—  Robinson Jeffers

A Hill-Top View (1904); This is one of his earliest poems, printed in the Aurora, a student publication of Occidental College.
Contexto: O that our souls could scale a height like this,
A mighty mountain swept o'er by the bleak
Keen winds of heaven; and, standing on that peak
Above the blinding clouds of prejudice,
Would we could see all truly as it is;
The calm eternal truth would keep us meek.

„Fierce consciousness joined with final
Disinterestedness;
Life with calm death; the falcon’s
Realist eyes and act
Married to the massive
Mysticism of stone,
Which failure cannot cast down
Nor success make proud.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Rock and Hawk" in Solstice and Other Poems (1935)
Contexto: I think, here is your emblem
To hang in the future sky;
Not the cross, not the hive,
But this; bright power, dark peace;
Fierce consciousness joined with final
Disinterestedness;
Life with calm death; the falcon’s
Realist eyes and act
Married to the massive
Mysticism of stone,
Which failure cannot cast down
Nor success make proud.

„I believe in my tusks.
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)
Contexto: Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy
And the dogs that talk revolution,
Drunk with talk, liars and believers.
I believe in my tusks.
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

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„I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Letter to Sister Mary James Power (1 October 1934); published in The Wild God of the World : An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers (2003), edited by Albert Gelpi, p. 189; also partly quoted in the essay "Robinson Jeffers, Pantheist Poet" http://web.archive.org/20011119074326/members.aol.com/PHarri5642/jeffers.htm by John Courtney
Contexto: I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. (This is physics, I believe, as well as religion.) The parts change and pass, or die, people and races and rocks and stars, none of them seems to me important in itself, but only the whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine. It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love and there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions — the world of spirits.
I think it is our privilege and felicity to love God for his beauty, without claiming or expecting love from him. We are not important to him, but he to us.

„This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Letter to Sister Mary James Power (1 October 1934); published in The Wild God of the World : An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers (2003), edited by Albert Gelpi, p. 189; also partly quoted in the essay "Robinson Jeffers, Pantheist Poet" http://web.archive.org/20011119074326/members.aol.com/PHarri5642/jeffers.htm by John Courtney
Contexto: I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. (This is physics, I believe, as well as religion.) The parts change and pass, or die, people and races and rocks and stars, none of them seems to me important in itself, but only the whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it and to think of it as divine. It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love and there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions — the world of spirits.
I think it is our privilege and felicity to love God for his beauty, without claiming or expecting love from him. We are not important to him, but he to us.

„I suppose the desire for publication is a normal part of the instinct for writing… the writer sits at home, and the mere fact of being printed provides his verses with a kind of audience… So, having his vanity partially satisfied, he can go ahead and try better work.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Letter to a group of Occidental College students (1955)
Contexto: When I first went to Occidental College... there was a literary magazine... called the Aurora, and I remember thinking it odd that Occidental — the west, the setting sun — should be represented by a magazine called Aurora, the dawn. At least it gave us a wide range, the whole daylight sky.
I was continually writing verses in those days. Nobody, not even I myself, thought they were good verses; but Aurora's editor accepted many of them and it gave me pleasure to see my rhymes in print. They did rhyme, if that is any value, and were usually metrical, but why was I so eager to publish what hardly anyone would read and no one would remember? I suppose the desire for publication is a normal part of the instinct for writing... the writer sits at home, and the mere fact of being printed provides his verses with a kind of audience... So, having his vanity partially satisfied, he can go ahead and try better work.

„These are real and we see their beauty.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Great Explosion" in the posthumous publication The Beginning and the End (1973)
Contexto: He is no God of love, no justice of a little city like
Dante's Florence, no anthropoid God
Making commandments: this is the God who does not
care and will never cease. Look at the seas there
Flashing against this rock in the darkness — look at the
tide-stream stars — and the fall of nations — and dawn
Wandering with wet white feet down the Carmel Valley
to meet the sea. These are real and we see their beauty.
The great explosion is probably only a metaphor — I know
not — of faceless violence, the root of all things.

„Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy
And the dogs that talk revolution“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)
Contexto: Keep clear of the dupes that talk democracy
And the dogs that talk revolution,
Drunk with talk, liars and believers.
I believe in my tusks.
Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

„Corruption never has been compulsory;“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Shine, Perishing Republic" (1939)
Contexto: Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains.

„The world's in a bad way, my man,
And bound to be worse before it mends“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)
Contexto: The world's in a bad way, my man,
And bound to be worse before it mends;
Better lie up in the mountain here
Four or five centuries,
While the stars go over the lonely ocean...

„I will have shepherds for my philosophers,
Tall dreary men lying on the hills all night
Watching the stars, let their dogs watch the sheep.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Silent Shepherds" (1958)
Contexto: I will have shepherds for my philosophers,
Tall dreary men lying on the hills all night
Watching the stars, let their dogs watch the sheep. And I'll have lunatics
For my poets, strolling from farm to farm, wild liars distorting
The country news into supernaturalism —
For all men to such minds are devils or gods — and that increases
Man's dignity, man's importance, necessary lies
Best told by fools.

„Science and mathematics
Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,
They never touch it“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Silent Shepherds" (1958)
Contexto: Science and mathematics
Run parallel to reality, they symbolize it, they squint at it,
They never touch it: consider what an explosion
Would rock the bones of men into little white fragments and unsky the world
If any mind for a moment touch truth.

„This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Love the Wild Swan" (1935)
Contexto: This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.
Better bullets than yours would miss the white breast
Better mirrors than yours would crack in the flame.
Does it matter whether you hate your... self?
At least Love your eyes that can see, your mind that can
Hear the music, the thunder of the wings. Love the wild swan.

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