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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
10578 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
9123 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 87 Comments
8599 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8477 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7126 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6582 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6541 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 9 Comments
5998 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5811 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 25 Comments
5548 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5319 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5277 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 42 Comments
5184 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5063 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4787 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4749 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4132 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
4073 The Eye
4051 Suicide's Stone
3802 Birthday (Autobiography)
3756 Bixby's Landing
3364 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3363 The Silent Shepherds
3304 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3202 So Many Blood-Lakes
3051 Time Of Disturbance
2900 Birth-Dues
2836 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2795 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 686 Comments
2762 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2585 To The House
2562 Now Returned Home
2390 The Maid's Thought
2360 The Summit Redwood
2230 Meditation On Saviors
1894 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1130 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
1074 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 19 Comments
969 Shiva
926 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
900 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
844 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
800 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
791 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 12 Comments
782 Fawn's Foster-Mother
695 The Great Explosion
665 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
567 Quia Absurdum
333 To The Stone-Cutters
317 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
294 July Fourth By The Ocean
291 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
268 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
254 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
210 Sign-Post
204 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
187 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
78 Promise Of Peace


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