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Robinson Jeffers

Datum narození: 10. leden 1887
Datum úmrtí: 20. leden 1962
Další jména: رابینسون جفرس, Робинсон Џеферс, רובינסון ג'פרס

Robinson Jeffers byl americký básník, myslitel, epik, lyrik, baladik, vizionář, realista, tragik. Žil se ženou Unou a dvěma syny na pobřeží Pacifiku na mysu Sur. Jeho přítel a překladatel byl český básník a překladatel Kamil Bednář. Jeho tvorba i život je spojena s nespoutanou přírodou, divokými živly, rozbouřeným oceánem. Kritizoval civilizaci, nad jejímž sklonem k úpadku se s bolestnou opravdovostí nejednou zamyslel. Byl to antimilitarista.

Citáty 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

"Carmel Point"
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Tor House"
Kontext: 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.

„Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Answer" (1936)
Kontext: Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand
Is an ugly thing and man dissevered from the earth and stars
and his history... for contemplation or in fact...
Often appears atrociously ugly. Integrity is wholeness,
the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
of the universe. Love that, not man
Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions,
or drown in despair when his days darken.

„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

"Love the Wild Swan" (1935)
Kontext: 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.

„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)
Kontext: 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.

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„Vast is the night. How you have grown, dear night,
walking your empty halls, how tall!“

—  Robinson Jeffers

Time will come, no doubt,
When the sun too shall die; the planets will freeze,
and the air on them; frozen gases, white flasks of air
Will be dust: which no wind ever will stir: this very
dust in dim starlight glistening
Is dead wind, the white corpse of wind.
Also the galaxy will die; the glitter of the Milky Way,
our universe, all the stars that have names are dead.
Vast is the night. How you have grown, dear night,
walking your empty halls, how tall!
The Double Axe and Other Poems, including eleven suppressed poems (1977) II.The Inhumanist XLV
Kontext: Come little ones,
You are worth no more than the foxes and yellow
wolfkins, yet I will give you wisdom.
O future children:
Trouble is coming; the world as of the present time
Sails on its rocks; but you will be born and live
Afterwards. Also a day will come when the earth
Will scratch herself and smile and rub off humanity:
But you will be born before that.

„The long migrations meet across you and it is nothing to you, you have forgotten us, mother.
You were much younger when we crawled out of the womb and lay in the sun’s eye on the tideline.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Continent's End" in Tamar and Other Poems (1924)
Kontext: The long migrations meet across you and it is nothing to you, you have forgotten us, mother.
You were much younger when we crawled out of the womb and lay in the sun’s eye on the tideline. It was long and long ago; we have grown proud since then and you have grown bitter; life retains
Your mobile soft unquiet strength; and envies hardness, the insolent quietness of stone.

„Would we could see all truly as it is;
The calm eternal truth would keep us meek.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

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

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

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Silent Shepherds" (1958)
Kontext: 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.

„Before there was any water there were tides of fire, both our tones flow from the older fountain.“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Continent's End" in Tamar and Other Poems (1924)
Kontext: Mother, though my song's measure is like your surf-beat's ancient rhythm I never learned it of you.
Before there was any water there were tides of fire, both our tones flow from the older fountain.

„The extraordinary patience of things!“

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Carmel Point"
Kontext: 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...

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

—  Robinson Jeffers

"Be Angry At The Sun" (1941)
Kontext: 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.

„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.“

—  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 - 190
Kontext: 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.)

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

—  Robinson Jeffers

"The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)
Kontext: 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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