Divinely superfluous beauty

Divinely superfluous beauty

Even the title is pure beauty; Divinely superfluous beauty. A poem inspired by love and nature, written by Robinson Jeffers.

About the poet

John Robinson Jeffers was born on January 10 1887 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (USA). He would become famous for his work about the central Californian coast, he described in his work.

The first moment that Jeffers name was mentioned in the newspapers, had nothing to do with literature. When he went to the University of Southern California, he met Una Call Kuster. She was at that time married to an attorney and he discovered the affair. Jeffers was forced to leave medical school. To calm things down, Una spent some time in Europe. In 1913 she returned and she married Jeffers.

The scandal faded away and in the Twenties Jeffers started writing poetry, inspired by the landscape of California.

Jeffers died on January 22 1962.


Divinely superfluous beauty

By Robinson Jeffers

Divinely superfluous beauty

The storm-dances of gulls, the barking game of seals,
Over and under the ocean …
Divinely superfluous beauty
Rules the games, presides over destinies, makes trees grow
And hills tower, waves fall.
The incredible beauty of joy
Stars with fire the joining of lips, O let our loves too
Be joined, there is not a maiden
Burns and thirsts for love
More than my blood for you, by the shore of seals while the wings
Weave like a web in the air
Divinely superfluous beauty.


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