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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
10676 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
9218 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 87 Comments
8653 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8535 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7205 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6631 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6596 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 9 Comments
6060 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5871 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 25 Comments
5615 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5379 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5355 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 42 Comments
5257 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5138 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4847 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4811 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4181 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
4134 Suicide's Stone
4133 The Eye
3865 Birthday (Autobiography)
3821 Bixby's Landing
3427 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3401 The Silent Shepherds
3356 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3245 So Many Blood-Lakes
3106 Time Of Disturbance
2959 Birth-Dues
2888 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2859 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 686 Comments
2839 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2632 To The House
2608 Now Returned Home
2448 The Maid's Thought
2420 The Summit Redwood
2289 Meditation On Saviors
2012 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1229 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1154 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 19 Comments
1043 Shiva
1023 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
1009 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
926 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
881 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
877 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 12 Comments
840 Fawn's Foster-Mother
759 The Great Explosion
720 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
605 Quia Absurdum
402 To The Stone-Cutters
397 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
361 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
353 July Fourth By The Ocean
347 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
321 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
319 Sign-Post
282 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
263 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
116 Promise Of Peace


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