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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
9952 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8558 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 84 Comments
8214 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8112 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6728 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6312 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6075 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
5504 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 24 Comments
5444 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
5417 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5252 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5091 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5085 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5017 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4641 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 40 Comments
4625 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
4579 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4509 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4402 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4377 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3819 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3817 The Eye
3592 Suicide's Stone
3500 Birthday (Autobiography)
3375 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3326 Promise Of Peace
3175 Bixby's Landing
3164 Sign-Post
3125 The Silent Shepherds
3053 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2972 So Many Blood-Lakes
2788 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2753 Time Of Disturbance
2639 Birth-Dues
2521 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2333 Now Returned Home
2317 To The House
2242 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2136 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 684 Comments
2135 The Maid's Thought
2072 The Summit Redwood
1962 Meditation On Saviors
885 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
668 To The Stone-Cutters
609 Shiva
594 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
488 Fawn's Foster-Mother
396 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
308 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
286 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
276 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
268 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
252 The Great Explosion
251 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 16 Comments
248 Quia Absurdum
180 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
115 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
27 July Fourth By The Ocean


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