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Biography of Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)

John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887-January 20, 1962) was an American poet who, after extensive travel in his youth, spent most of his life in Carmel, California, USA in a granite home he built for his family with his own hands, which included a large stone tower. He called them "Tor House" and "Hawk ower".

His short verse includes "Hurt Hawks", "The Purse-Seine", and "Shine, Perishing Republic". His intense relationship with the physical world is described in often brutal and apocalyptic verse and demonstrates a preference for the natural world over what he sees as the negative influence of civilization.

Quotes

"There is no reason for amazement: surely one always knew that cultures decay, and life's end is death." ~ "The Purse-Seine" (1937)

"Long live freedom and damn the ideologies." ~ "The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean" (1940)

"Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains." ~ "Shine, Perishing Republic" (1941)


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58 Poems written by Robinson Jeffers

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PoemComments
Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 288 Comments
Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 118 Comments
Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 75 Comments
Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 29 Comments
Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
Birth-Dues
Birthday (Autobiography)
Bixby's Landing
Fawn's Foster-Mother
July Fourth By The Ocean
Meditation On Saviors
Now Returned Home
Promise Of Peace
Quia Absurdum
Shiva
Sign-Post
So Many Blood-Lakes
Suicide's Stone
The Bird With The Dark Plumes
The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
The Eye
The Great Explosion
The Maid's Thought
The Silent Shepherds
The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
The Summit Redwood
Time Of Disturbance
To The House
To The Stone-Cutters


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