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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
8684 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7942 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 75 Comments
7582 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7350 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6109 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6066 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5895 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5351 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5096 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4951 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4949 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4895 To The Stone-Cutters
4837 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4753 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4613 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4542 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4431 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4249 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4247 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4139 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4099 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
3979 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 29 Comments
3898 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3852 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3843 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3725 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3706 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3401 The Eye
3377 July Fourth By The Ocean
3302 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3116 Birthday (Autobiography)
3088 Suicide's Stone
2932 Promise Of Peace
2865 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
2778 The Silent Shepherds
2727 Sign-Post
2598 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2531 So Many Blood-Lakes
2314 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2229 Time Of Disturbance
2217 Birth-Dues
2111 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
1994 Now Returned Home
1989 To The House
1849 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1775 The Maid's Thought
1761 Bixby's Landing
1685 The Summit Redwood
1680 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
1646 Quia Absurdum
1615 Meditation On Saviors
1162 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 361 Comments
643 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
448 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 138 Comments
365 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
211 The Great Explosion
183 Shiva
126 Fawn's Foster-Mother


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