The Answer Poem by Robinson Jeffers

The Answer

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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 OF THE POEM
Alina 20 February 2018

Any one here for WSC?

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Green B 09 April 2018

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

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pwaa team 03 May 2018

yea! ! ! I am.

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hihihihi 06 June 2018

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

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anonymous 31 October 2018

Anyone going to toc?

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#GODD 26 October 2018

WSC be making poems pretty famous

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fajar 09 August 2018

isnt it funny that all the comments here are from scholars ????

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kaki sayangku 31 July 2018

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

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unknown 09 August 2018

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

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HANOISTAR SCHOOL 14 June 2018

WE WILL WIN IN MALAYSIA HURRAAYYYY

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Robinson Jeffers

Allegheny, Pennsylvania
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