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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
9220 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8182 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 77 Comments
7794 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7717 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6305 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6291 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6063 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5749 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
5701 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5613 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5180 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
5028 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5009 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5008 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4826 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4669 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4544 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4542 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4328 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4317 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
4219 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4217 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 32 Comments
4110 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4031 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
3997 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3936 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3569 The Eye
3531 July Fourth By The Ocean
3491 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3325 Suicide's Stone
3284 Birthday (Autobiography)
3114 Promise Of Peace
3079 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
2907 The Silent Shepherds
2887 Sign-Post
2791 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2702 So Many Blood-Lakes
2523 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2489 Time Of Disturbance
2412 Birth-Dues
2262 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2123 Now Returned Home
2113 To The House
2011 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1990 Bixby's Landing
1904 The Maid's Thought
1842 The Summit Redwood
1764 Meditation On Saviors
1593 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 681 Comments
1532 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
993 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
830 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 247 Comments
383 The Great Explosion
360 Shiva
283 Fawn's Foster-Mother
211 To The Stone-Cutters
133 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
49 Quia Absurdum


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