Robinson Jeffers On Politics

Here is a link to Justin Raimondo’s assessment (2007) of poet Robinson Jeffers’ politics in general and Jeffers’ view in particular of what would become World War II and the U.S. involvement in same:

The piece appears on the American Conservative site.

Jeffers (1887-1962) angered many with his anti-Roosevelt, anti-war views, as expressed in poems from The Double Axe and Other Poems.

And here is Jeffers’ poem, “Be Angry At The Sun,” from a volume of the same title (1941):

Be Angry At The Sun

by Robinson Jeffers

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. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.


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