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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
9150 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8122 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 77 Comments
7733 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7666 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6274 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6262 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6025 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5658 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5622 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
5567 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5144 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4988 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4983 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4967 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4795 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4641 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4510 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4488 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4288 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4280 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4166 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 32 Comments
4158 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4084 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3990 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3948 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3919 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3542 The Eye
3497 July Fourth By The Ocean
3465 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3270 Suicide's Stone
3239 Birthday (Autobiography)
3076 Promise Of Peace
3030 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
2880 The Silent Shepherds
2865 Sign-Post
2767 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2669 So Many Blood-Lakes
2479 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2448 Time Of Disturbance
2374 Birth-Dues
2239 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2093 To The House
2085 Now Returned Home
1992 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1960 Bixby's Landing
1878 The Maid's Thought
1821 The Summit Redwood
1730 Meditation On Saviors
1525 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 677 Comments
1424 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
889 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
768 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 243 Comments
356 The Great Explosion
336 Shiva
260 Fawn's Foster-Mother
160 To The Stone-Cutters
95 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
37 Quia Absurdum


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