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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
10108 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8681 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 84 Comments
8278 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8178 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6811 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6369 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6156 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
6042 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
5562 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 24 Comments
5478 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5337 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5224 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5191 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5062 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4748 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 40 Comments
4692 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
4655 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4557 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4507 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4479 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3875 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3858 The Eye
3640 Suicide's Stone
3551 Birthday (Autobiography)
3420 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3385 Promise Of Peace
3371 Bixby's Landing
3216 Sign-Post
3154 The Silent Shepherds
3099 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3019 So Many Blood-Lakes
2840 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2812 Time Of Disturbance
2683 Birth-Dues
2581 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2377 Now Returned Home
2365 To The House
2299 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2282 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 684 Comments
2173 The Maid's Thought
2104 The Summit Redwood
2001 Meditation On Saviors
1138 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
761 To The Stone-Cutters
758 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
666 Shiva
539 Fawn's Foster-Mother
465 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 17 Comments
464 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
461 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
392 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
346 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
334 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
326 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
317 The Great Explosion
284 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
284 Quia Absurdum
74 July Fourth By The Ocean


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