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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
10019 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8609 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 84 Comments
8248 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8145 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6774 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6334 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6116 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
5552 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
5538 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 24 Comments
5455 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
5301 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5156 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
5133 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5038 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4688 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 40 Comments
4662 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
4617 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4535 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4441 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
4426 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
3853 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3835 The Eye
3614 Suicide's Stone
3525 Birthday (Autobiography)
3401 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
3357 Promise Of Peace
3255 Bixby's Landing
3181 Sign-Post
3140 The Silent Shepherds
3076 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2995 So Many Blood-Lakes
2821 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2779 Time Of Disturbance
2661 Birth-Dues
2546 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2353 Now Returned Home
2344 To The House
2264 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2208 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 684 Comments
2158 The Maid's Thought
2093 The Summit Redwood
1984 Meditation On Saviors
1009 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
699 To The Stone-Cutters
684 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
639 Shiva
506 Fawn's Foster-Mother
432 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 11 Comments
374 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
329 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 16 Comments
323 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
312 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
304 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
287 The Great Explosion
266 Quia Absurdum
258 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
198 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
54 July Fourth By The Ocean


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