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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
10178 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8731 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 84 Comments
8324 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8217 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6852 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6398 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6269 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
6217 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
5596 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 24 Comments
5376 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5281 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5232 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5095 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4818 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 40 Comments
4714 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
4707 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4583 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4581 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4524 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3909 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3892 The Eye
3669 Suicide's Stone
3583 Birthday (Autobiography)
3452 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3421 Bixby's Landing
3418 Promise Of Peace
3251 Sign-Post
3180 The Silent Shepherds
3132 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3047 So Many Blood-Lakes
2869 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2839 Time Of Disturbance
2710 Birth-Dues
2625 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2400 Now Returned Home
2392 To The House
2342 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 684 Comments
2332 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2202 The Maid's Thought
2126 The Summit Redwood
2016 Meditation On Saviors
1258 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
809 To The Stone-Cutters
803 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
692 Shiva
574 Fawn's Foster-Mother
571 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 17 Comments
523 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
518 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
450 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
410 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
390 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
366 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
358 The Great Explosion
336 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
304 Quia Absurdum
108 July Fourth By The Ocean
36 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones


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