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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
8743 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7953 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 75 Comments
7598 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7359 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
6120 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
6093 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5909 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5375 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
5122 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4973 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4963 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
4922 To The Stone-Cutters
4847 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4765 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
4626 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
4566 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4457 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4271 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4266 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4150 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4112 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
4002 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 29 Comments
3913 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3873 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3851 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
3737 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3717 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3413 The Eye
3386 July Fourth By The Ocean
3319 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
3126 Birthday (Autobiography)
3100 Suicide's Stone
2940 Promise Of Peace
2877 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
2787 The Silent Shepherds
2738 Sign-Post
2622 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2543 So Many Blood-Lakes
2329 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2243 Time Of Disturbance
2227 Birth-Dues
2121 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2005 Now Returned Home
2000 To The House
1864 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
1787 The Maid's Thought
1774 Bixby's Landing
1693 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 7 Comments
1693 The Summit Redwood
1655 Quia Absurdum
1622 Meditation On Saviors
1190 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 667 Comments
697 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
470 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 242 Comments
384 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
222 The Great Explosion
195 Shiva
134 Fawn's Foster-Mother


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