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Robinson Jeffers - Selected Archive Items

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[7341] Arthur Rothstein, Strip Mining Operations with a Thirty-Two Cubic Yard Steam Shovel. Cherokee County, Kansas (1936),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF34-004274-D DLC].
Heavy machinery at mining site. Meditative poets found inspiration in nature and were alarmed by increasing environmental destruction in the United States.

[7377] Lee Russell, Grant County, Oregon. Malheur National Forest. Lumberjack Hitching Cable on Log Which Will Be Loaded Onto Trucks (1942),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-073482-D DLC].
Picture of a Pacific Northwest lumberjack. Beat poet Gary Snyder went to Reed College in Oregon and worked as a logger before doing graduate work in anthropology. Snyder, like Robinson Jeffers, revered the rugged western landscape.

[7404] Asher B. Durand, Progress (The Advance of Civilization) (1853),
courtesy of the Gulf States Paper Corporation, Warner Collection.
The Native Americans in the lower left of this painting observe the steady approach of American progress and settlement. Depictions of westward expansion such as this one helped publicize and legitimize what was seen as American progress, an ideology that began to be questioned only in the twentieth century, by such writers as Robinson Jeffers.

[7599] Euphronios, Calyx-Krater (ca. 515 BC),
courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, Gift of Darius Ogden Mills and Gift of C. Ruxton Love, by exchange, 1972. (1972.11.10) Photograph © 1999 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Greek bowl intended for mixing wine and water. Greek and Roman myths were central to Robinson Jeffers's poetry.

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