Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dark Ages America

I came across this snippet from Robinson Jeffers' poem, "Perishing American Republic" in Morris Berman's excellent book, "Dark Ages America."



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,
I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make
fruit, and the fruit rots to make earth.



Jeffers wrote this in 1925.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lyssa Strada said...

Jeffers was prescient.

Why is it that poets are so often considered to be unrealistic and lacking in practicality, when they're often the ones who can really see where we're going?

11:45 AM  
Blogger Tiresias said...

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1:16 PM  
Blogger Tiresias said...

This is precisely why they are considered unrealistic.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Dick said...

Write it large!

12:27 AM  
Blogger DM said...

Interestingly enough, Jeffers wrote this poem during the Roaring 1920s. A decade which bears a number of similarities to the current period. If you are interested in can look up the description of that era on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roaring_20s

What followed that decade is of course the Great Depression. During which Americans learned a lesson or two, but which subsequent generations chose to forget.

12:17 AM  

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