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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
8975 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8033 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 77 Comments
7671 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7517 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6188 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6173 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5966 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5531 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5365 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5296 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5082 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
4931 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4866 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4734 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4695 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4568 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4410 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4371 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4209 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4196 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4086 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 30 Comments
4016 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4003 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3912 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3836 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3801 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3479 The Eye
3444 July Fourth By The Ocean
3399 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3183 Birthday (Autobiography)
3164 Suicide's Stone
3004 Promise Of Peace
2947 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
2838 The Silent Shepherds
2809 Sign-Post
2693 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2607 So Many Blood-Lakes
2383 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2316 Time Of Disturbance
2289 Birth-Dues
2190 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2052 To The House
2042 Now Returned Home
1920 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1855 Bixby's Landing
1834 The Maid's Thought
1762 The Summit Redwood
1683 Meditation On Saviors
1363 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 668 Comments
1082 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
643 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
627 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 242 Comments
287 The Great Explosion
279 Shiva
188 Fawn's Foster-Mother
13 To The Stone-Cutters
9 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
5 Quia Absurdum


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