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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
9282 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8202 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 78 Comments
7826 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7763 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6339 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6081 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5729 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5659 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5220 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 10 Comments
5053 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5035 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
5028 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4849 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4702 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4587 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4569 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4345 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4345 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4258 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4248 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 32 Comments
4134 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4067 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4025 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3958 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3588 The Eye
3563 July Fourth By The Ocean
3520 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3360 Suicide's Stone
3302 Birthday (Autobiography)
3130 Promise Of Peace
3104 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
2920 The Silent Shepherds
2919 Sign-Post
2819 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2721 So Many Blood-Lakes
2545 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2524 Time Of Disturbance
2438 Birth-Dues
2271 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2142 Now Returned Home
2130 To The House
2031 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2013 Bixby's Landing
1917 The Maid's Thought
1856 The Summit Redwood
1785 Meditation On Saviors
1641 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 681 Comments
1606 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1056 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
875 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 247 Comments
402 The Great Explosion
379 Shiva
299 Fawn's Foster-Mother
244 To The Stone-Cutters
148 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
70 Quia Absurdum
11 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
8 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments


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