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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
9658 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8361 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 83 Comments
8001 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
7976 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6496 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6204 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6017 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5908 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
5381 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 20 Comments
5243 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5141 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5054 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4858 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4841 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4803 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4452 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
4446 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 40 Comments
4440 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4360 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4314 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 13 Comments
4195 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4144 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3705 The Eye
3689 July Fourth By The Ocean
3678 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3479 Suicide's Stone
3409 Birthday (Autobiography)
3241 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3224 Promise Of Peace
3043 Sign-Post
3000 The Silent Shepherds
2939 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2829 So Many Blood-Lakes
2675 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2624 Time Of Disturbance
2540 Birth-Dues
2388 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2246 Now Returned Home
2220 To The House
2147 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2114 Bixby's Landing
2034 The Maid's Thought
1942 The Summit Redwood
1884 Meditation On Saviors
1876 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 684 Comments
491 Shiva
491 To The Stone-Cutters
473 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
396 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
382 Fawn's Foster-Mother
276 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
272 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
154 Quia Absurdum
132 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
131 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
82 The Great Explosion
8 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
8 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment


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