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Robinson Jeffers

John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887–January 20, 1962) was an American poet whose works are characterized by a conservative cultural pessimism, a critical stance toward modernity and progress, and a nature-centered ecological consciousness rather than a man-centered humanism.
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La tragédie a ses obligations

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Dessin de Harold Arthur McNeill

640 mots

Original en anglais ici

Note de l’éditeur:

Dans les années 1920 et 30, Robinson Jeffers était l’un des poètes américains les plus estimés et les plus appréciés des critiques. Cependant, en 1948, sa réputation publique et critique entra dans un déclin rapide et irréversible après la publication de  The Double Axe and Other Poems [La Double Hache et autres poèmes] (New York: Random House, 1948), Read more …

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Tragedy Has Obligations

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Graphic by Harold Arthur McNeill

Graphic by Harold Arthur McNeill

French translation here

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In the 1920s and ’30s, Robinson Jeffers was one of America’s most esteemed and critically acclaimed poets. However, in 1948, his public and critical reputation entered a steep and irreversible decline upon the publication of The Double Axe and Other Poems (New York: Random House, 1948), which contains a number of poems about the Second World War and its aftermath that were strongly critical of the Allies and clearly sympathetic to the defeated Axis powers. Read more …

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War-Guilt Trials

75 words

(November, 1945)

The mumble-jumble dones on, the hangman waits;
the shabby surviving
Leaders of Germany are to learn that Vae Victis
Means Weh den Gesiegten. Read more …

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Robinson Jeffers reads “The Bloody Sire”

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Apology for Bad Dreams

942 words

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In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward,
Headlong convexities of forest, drawn in together to the steep
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Shine, Perishing Republic

162 words

 

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire,
And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens,

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