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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
8767 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7963 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 75 Comments
7607 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7372 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6127 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6101 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5913 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5393 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5150 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4994 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4972 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4941 To The Stone-Cutters
4860 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4774 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4633 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4581 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4473 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4290 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4282 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4156 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4118 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4011 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 29 Comments
3924 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3881 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3860 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3751 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3730 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3419 The Eye
3390 July Fourth By The Ocean
3329 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3139 Birthday (Autobiography)
3105 Suicide's Stone
2948 Promise Of Peace
2882 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
2793 The Silent Shepherds
2750 Sign-Post
2629 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2550 So Many Blood-Lakes
2338 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2250 Time Of Disturbance
2234 Birth-Dues
2122 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2007 Now Returned Home
2006 To The House
1871 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1791 The Maid's Thought
1778 Bixby's Landing
1697 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
1697 The Summit Redwood
1658 Quia Absurdum
1628 Meditation On Saviors
1202 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 667 Comments
728 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
486 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 242 Comments
405 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
235 The Great Explosion
204 Shiva
138 Fawn's Foster-Mother


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