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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
10508 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
9059 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 87 Comments
8529 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8427 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7074 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6547 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6469 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 9 Comments
5866 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5761 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 25 Comments
5485 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5264 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5204 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 42 Comments
5075 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4988 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4733 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4710 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4103 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
4046 The Eye
3919 Suicide's Stone
3739 Birthday (Autobiography)
3707 Bixby's Landing
3343 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3334 The Silent Shepherds
3190 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3187 So Many Blood-Lakes
2993 Time Of Disturbance
2855 Birth-Dues
2780 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2747 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 686 Comments
2616 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2543 To The House
2525 Now Returned Home
2350 The Maid's Thought
2291 The Summit Redwood
2161 Meditation On Saviors
1822 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1007 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 19 Comments
989 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
896 Shiva
812 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
794 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
749 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
729 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 12 Comments
719 Fawn's Foster-Mother
708 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
658 The Great Explosion
598 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
523 Quia Absurdum
285 To The Stone-Cutters
259 July Fourth By The Ocean
245 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
233 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
193 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
179 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
108 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
103 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
73 Sign-Post
46 Promise Of Peace


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