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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
8647 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7927 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 73 Comments
7571 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7329 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6085 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6047 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5888 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5335 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5065 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4936 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4927 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4879 To The Stone-Cutters
4821 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4732 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4604 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4526 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4424 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4226 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4224 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4132 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4079 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
3950 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 25 Comments
3886 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3838 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3831 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3717 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3693 The Answer
3386 The Eye
3364 July Fourth By The Ocean
3285 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3108 Birthday (Autobiography)
3064 Suicide's Stone
2909 Promise Of Peace
2857 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
2768 The Silent Shepherds
2714 Sign-Post
2593 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2515 So Many Blood-Lakes
2299 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2222 Time Of Disturbance
2204 Birth-Dues
2105 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
1985 Now Returned Home
1974 To The House
1841 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1765 The Maid's Thought
1755 Bixby's Landing
1676 The Summit Redwood
1669 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
1641 Quia Absurdum
1605 Meditation On Saviors
1144 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 89 Comments
616 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
423 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 53 Comments
349 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
206 The Great Explosion
175 Shiva
113 Fawn's Foster-Mother


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