This week’s Containment moment: Robinson Jeffers’ Be Angry At The Sun

This could be a regular thing, you know. I’d almost be giddy with excitement if it didn’t mean I might have to watch every episode of Containment. Nevertheless, this week’s ‘Containment moment‘ is:

Very exciting, hey? It’s a quote from Jeffers’ 1941 poem Be Angry At The Sun, and possibly doesn’t mean what Containment thinks it means, Jeffers being an isolationist opposed to entry into the Second World War*.

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Nevertheless, for all that, as usual, it’s somewhat at odds with the actual content of Containment:

Containment Emoji

I guess that’s why it’s a Containment Moment.

* Although given the storyline, it’s entirely possible Containment is arguing against further involvement in the Middle East and believing the US government, so let’s give them the benefit of the doubt


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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