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Robinson Jeffers

Geburtstag: 10. Januar 1887
Todesdatum: 20. Januar 1962
Andere Namen:رابینسون جفرس,Робинсон Џеферс,רובינסון ג'פרס

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John Robinson Jeffers war ein US-amerikanischer Lyriker, Dramatiker und Naturphilosoph. Der im deutschsprachigen Raum weitgehend unbekannt gebliebene Autor wurde in den Vereinigten Staaten zu Lebzeiten als „bedeutendster Dichter des 20. Jahrhunderts“ gehandelt, geriet aber durch seine polarisierende, dem Humanismus abgewandte Haltung zunehmend in die öffentliche Kritik.

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Zitate Robinson Jeffers

„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
Context: 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. "Carmel Point"

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„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
Context: 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. A Hill-Top View (1904); This is one of his earliest poems, printed in the Aurora, a student publication of Occidental College.

„Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new. That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has been known for years. Be angry at the sun for setting If these things anger you. "Be Angry At The Sun" (1941)

„Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers had the art
To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast cypress, haggard With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils. Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers had the art To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant. But if you should look in your idleness after ten thousand years: It is the granite knoll on the granite And lava tongue in the midst of the bay, by the mouth of the Carmel River Valley; these four will remain In the changes of names. You will know it by the wild sea-fragrance of the wind. "Tor House"

„I think it is our privilege and felicity to love God for his beauty, without claiming or expecting love from him.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: 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. 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

„The extraordinary patience of things!“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: The extraordinary patience of things! 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... "Carmel Point"

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

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: 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. "The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)

„An office of tragic poetry is to show that there is beauty in pain and failure as much as in success and happiness.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: I think that one may contribute (ever so slightly) to the beauty of things by making one's own life and environment beautiful, as far as one's power reaches. This includes moral beauty, one of the qualities of humanity, though it seems not to appear elsewhere in the universe. But I would have each person realize that his contribution is not important, its success not really a matter for exultation nor its failure for mourning; the beauty of things is sufficient without him. (An office of tragic poetry is to show that there is beauty in pain and failure as much as in success and happiness.) 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 - 190

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

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: 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. "The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)

„Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try
One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird
That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: I hate my verses, every line, every word. Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky. Oh cracked and twilight mirrors ever to catch One color, one glinting flash, of the splendor of things. "Love the Wild Swan" (1935)

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„If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes:
Perhaps of my planted forest a few
May stand yet“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast cypress, haggard With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils. Look for foundations of sea-worn granite, my fingers had the art To make stone love stone, you will find some remnant. But if you should look in your idleness after ten thousand years: It is the granite knoll on the granite And lava tongue in the midst of the bay, by the mouth of the Carmel River Valley; these four will remain In the changes of names. You will know it by the wild sea-fragrance of the wind. "Tor House"

„All that we saw or heard was beautiful
And hardly human.“

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: The rock-cheeks have red fire-stains. But the place was maiden, no previous Building, no neighbors, nothing but the elements, Rock, wind, and sea; in moon-struck nights the mountain Coyotes howled in our dooryard; or doe and fawn Stared in the lamplit window, We raised two boys here All that we saw or heard was beautiful And hardly human. Oh heavy change. The world deteriorates like a rotting apple, worms and a skin. They have built streets around us, new houses Line them and cars obsess them — and my dearest has died. The ocean at least is not changed at all, Cold, grim, and faithful; and I still keep a hard edge of forest Haunted by long gray squirrels and hoarse herons. "The Last Conservative"

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

— Robinson Jeffers
Context: 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... "The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)

„Corruption never has been compulsory;“

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

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