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Marshall 1 Elliot Marshall Professor G. Cooper ENGL 102-05 April 6, 2008 We Haven’t Changed Much At All Robinson Jeffers believed that “poetry is bound to concern itself chiefly with permanent aspects of life”. He stayed true to this belief in his poem The Beaks of Eagles . Though the poem describes the life of an eagle unaffected by humans and the quick progression of the human race, the poem is ultimately about a very permanent aspect of life. I share the same view about this aspect of life with Jeffers, but only Jeffers could have put the idea onto paper so well. I feel a strong connection to The Beaks of Eagles because of its ideas about the expansion of human knowledge and technology, the steadiness of nature, and the modern needs of human beings. I, like Jeffers, see how quickly humanity has grown in recent years, but neither of us knows what to make of it. The poem states its points bluntly without trying to hide its message for the reader to unveil. Jeffers writes, “Humanity has multiplied. . . Their powers and their follies have become fantastic, the unstable animal never has been changed so rapidly.” Here he writes how both humans powers have become unimaginable, but also our foolishness. He writes “unstable animal” instead of human in describing how we have changed. This makes it seem like Jeffers is wary of the rapid changes in
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Cooperg during the Spring '08 term at Gonzaga.

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