Robinson Jeffers

(10 January 1887 – 20 January 1962 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

The Answer - Poem by Robinson Jeffers

Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams.
To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence,
and their tyrants come, many times before.
When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose
the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.
To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted
and not wish for evil; and not be duped
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will
not be fulfilled.
To know this, and 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.


Comments about The Answer by Robinson Jeffers

  • (10/31/2018 9:31:00 AM)


    Anyone going to toc? (Report) Reply

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  • (10/26/2018 7:24:00 AM)


    WSC be making poems pretty famous (Report) Reply

  • (8/9/2018 3:03:00 PM)


    isnt it funny that all the comments here are from scholars 😂😂 (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2018 8:44:00 AM)


    anyone from wsc help me figure out what this means? Going for melbourne soon! (Report) Reply

    (8/9/2018 3:05:00 PM)

    well more or less the title answer refers to the answer to what us life, or what is the purpose of life, how we should look at the bigger picture and not concentrate on the ugly yet the bad isnt something we should ignore as it is part of life. the answer my friend is going deeper and loving life for its beauty and joy

  • (6/14/2018 4:08:00 AM)


    WE WILL WIN IN MALAYSIA HURRAAYYYY (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 5:55:00 AM)


    PWAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa

    Kuala lumpur round is in 6 days :)
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2018 8:10:00 AM)


    WSC hahahahahahahahahahaha (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2018 8:33:00 AM)


    lol wsc hahahahahhahahahahahahaha (Report) Reply

    (5/3/2018 8:03:00 AM)

    learning for WSC, huh? I am, too.

  • (2/20/2018 11:30:00 AM)


    Any one here for WSC? (Report) Reply

    (6/6/2018 4:13:00 AM)

    ME! ! ! ! ! ! I am very excited about the global round...! ! ! ! :))))

    (5/3/2018 8:06:00 AM)

    yea! ! ! I am.

    (4/9/2018 11:29:00 PM)

    Yup. It's a pretty good poem, don't you think?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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