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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
9350 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8227 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 79 Comments
7852 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7792 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6367 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6101 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5758 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5712 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5246 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
5071 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5061 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
5041 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4881 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4728 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4608 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4600 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4362 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4360 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4296 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4276 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 32 Comments
4172 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4110 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4056 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3989 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3610 The Eye
3587 July Fourth By The Ocean
3547 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3384 Suicide's Stone
3325 Birthday (Autobiography)
3144 Promise Of Peace
3134 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
2941 Sign-Post
2931 The Silent Shepherds
2839 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2739 So Many Blood-Lakes
2563 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2544 Time Of Disturbance
2456 Birth-Dues
2291 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2157 Now Returned Home
2144 To The House
2052 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2029 Bixby's Landing
1936 The Maid's Thought
1866 The Summit Redwood
1802 Meditation On Saviors
1681 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 681 Comments
1668 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1126 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
903 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 247 Comments
415 The Great Explosion
398 Shiva
313 Fawn's Foster-Mother
287 To The Stone-Cutters
166 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
121 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
90 Quia Absurdum
33 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments


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