Jeffers, Robinson. "Shine, Perishing Republic".
- the speaker harshly condemns the contemporary vulgarity of America and finds comfort in the knowledge of an inevitable end of all things
- introduces the natural image of a flower turning to fruit and then turning to earth and so finishing the cycle to return back to "mother"
- somewhat qualifies his previous critical statements: admits life to be good and allows for its continuation with the ironical exclamation of the title
- announces that he will save his children from the mankind, as he considers human race an "insufferable master", having killed the "noblest spirits", including that of Jesus
- free verse, unrhymed
- the ironic tension between his contempt for human race and his own belonging to it
- the theme of death but at the same time subtle hints on regenerative rebirth
AuthorJeffers, Robinson. (1887 – 1962).
Full Title"Shine, Perishing Republic".
Jeffers, Robinson. "Shine, Perishing Republic". The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Stanford: Standford University Press, 2001.