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Vulture Analysis

Author: poem of Robinson Jeffers Type: poem Views: 19

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I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Above the ocean. I saw through half-shut eyelids a vulture wheeling
     high up in heaven,
And presently it passed again, but lower and nearer, its orbit
     I understood then
That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
Whistle above me and make their circle and come nearer.
I could see the naked red head between the great wings
Bear downward staring. I said, "My dear bird, we are wasting time
These old bones will still work; they are not for you." But how
     he looked, gliding down
On those great sails; how beautiful he looked, veering away in the
     over the precipice. I tell you solemnly
That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak
     become part of him, to share those wings and those eyes--
What a sublime end of one's body, what and enskyment; what a life
     after death.


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Thank you for posting this beautiful poem. I've heard it once and was looking for it. And found it!
Many thanks

| Posted on 2015-02-03 | by a guest

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The poem capture the odd beauty and profundity of the Tibetan Sky Funeral. I was introduced to this work by a friend after I expressed my reaction to that rite. Jeffers captures it beautifully... As Neil deGrasse Tyson says \"we are all connected to the Earth biologically\"

| Posted on 2012-09-28 | by a guest

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The poem shows the respect Jeffers shows towards animals, even one as socially seen as hideous and repulsive as a vulture. The ideas that mankind has towards animals should be of appreciation and respect, seen through the eyes of the poet.

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest

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This poem is about the majesty of nature beyond what man, in his prejudice, thinks of it. The poet felt that it is an honor to become part of nature in death. The carrion bird is only disgusting to someone who doesn\'t understand the dance between life and death.

| Posted on 2010-11-13 | by a guest

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i think ithis poem is about two birds that are horible and descusting in nature but when they go to the top brance it shows how you cant judge a book by its cover because they are so loving when they are together but when they are on the hunt/scavinge there is nothing nice about them at all.

| Posted on 2010-03-05 | by a guest

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