Jeffers - Act I and II
Robinson Jeffers, the poet of the American West Coast, lived from 1887 to 1962. With his wife, Una, he left the city and settled on a windswept crag by the Pacific Ocean. He became famous for his early prose poems in which the people of his landscape, fishermen and farmers' daughters, beach-dwellers and war veterans, wandered on paths of blood and obsession, as if the most desperate heroes of Greek tragedy had been transported to the Carmel coastline. Three scenic poems pay homage to the writer who is, with Eugene O'Neill, the heir to classical drama in 20th century America. In the first act of Strauß's play, the poet and his wife are shown in their clifftop home; in the second, Jeffers recites his famous ballad, Mara, translated and adapted by Strauß.