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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
9055 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8072 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 77 Comments
7700 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7589 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6231 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6223 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
5990 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5606 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5453 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5423 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
5110 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4952 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4924 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4789 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4750 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4608 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4459 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4428 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4242 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4225 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4112 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 30 Comments
4095 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4036 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3945 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3897 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3861 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3503 The Eye
3468 July Fourth By The Ocean
3429 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3212 Birthday (Autobiography)
3205 Suicide's Stone
3039 Promise Of Peace
2998 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
2858 The Silent Shepherds
2834 Sign-Post
2719 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2631 So Many Blood-Lakes
2418 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2375 Time Of Disturbance
2318 Birth-Dues
2216 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2075 To The House
2059 Now Returned Home
1956 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1909 Bixby's Landing
1855 The Maid's Thought
1799 The Summit Redwood
1702 Meditation On Saviors
1433 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 670 Comments
1207 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
756 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
684 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 243 Comments
316 The Great Explosion
308 Shiva
220 Fawn's Foster-Mother
86 To The Stone-Cutters
46 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
20 Quia Absurdum


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