Poets | Bookstore | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
December 18th, 2014 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 279,673 comments.
Robinson Jeffers - Time Of Disturbance

The best is, in war or faction or ordinary vindictive
     life, not to take sides.
Leave it for children, and the emotional rabble of the
     streets, to back their horse or support a brawler.

But if you are forced into it: remember that good and
     evil are as common as air, and like air shared
By the panting belligerents; the moral indignation that
     hoarsens orators is mostly a fool.

Hold your nose and compromise; keep a cold mind. Fight,
     if needs must; hate no one. Do as God does,
Or the tragic poets: they crush their man without hating
     him, their Lear or Hitler, and often save without
     love.

As for these quarrels, they are like the moon, recurrent
     and fantastic. They have their beauty but night's
     is better.
It is better to be silent than make a noise. It is better
     to strike dead than strike often. It is better not
     to strike.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 2310 times | Comments and analysis of Time Of Disturbance by Robinson Jeffers Comments (0)

Time Of Disturbance - Comments and Information

Poet: Robinson Jeffers
Poem: Time Of Disturbance
Volume: Hungerfield And Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1954
There are no comments for this poem. Why not be the first one to post something about it?

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Time Of Disturbance, has not yet been commented on. You can click here to be the first to post a comment about it.

Poem Info

Jeffers Info
Copyright © 2000-2012 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links | Bookstore