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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
10470 We Are Those People Comments and analysis of We Are Those People by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
9016 Shine, Perishing Republic Comments and analysis of Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers 87 Comments
8499 Vulture Comments and analysis of Vulture by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
8389 End Of The World Comments and analysis of End Of The World by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
7045 Summer Holiday Comments and analysis of Summer Holiday by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6529 Contrast Comments and analysis of Contrast by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
6424 Divinely Superfluous Beauty Comments and analysis of Divinely Superfluous Beauty by Robinson Jeffers 9 Comments
5804 Return Comments and analysis of Return by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5726 Carmel Point Comments and analysis of Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers 25 Comments
5450 Contemplation Of The Sword Comments and analysis of Contemplation Of The Sword by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5238 The Excesses Of God Comments and analysis of The Excesses Of God by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
5165 Ave Caesar Comments and analysis of Ave Caesar by Robinson Jeffers 42 Comments
5014 Love The Wild Swan Comments and analysis of Love The Wild Swan by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
4949 Praise Life Comments and analysis of Praise Life by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
4703 The Broken Balance Comments and analysis of The Broken Balance by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4688 Fire On The Hills Comments and analysis of Fire On The Hills by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
4075 The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939)
4016 The Eye
3890 Suicide's Stone
3720 Birthday (Autobiography)
3669 Bixby's Landing
3327 To A Young Artist Comments and analysis of To A Young Artist by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
3300 The Silent Shepherds
3167 So Many Blood-Lakes
3139 On Building With Stone Comments and analysis of On Building With Stone by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
2957 Time Of Disturbance
2833 Birth-Dues
2754 Tor House Comments and analysis of Tor House by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
2706 Rock And Hawk Comments and analysis of Rock And Hawk by Robinson Jeffers 686 Comments
2564 The Bird With The Dark Plumes
2512 To The House
2504 Now Returned Home
2324 The Maid's Thought
2256 The Summit Redwood
2129 Meditation On Saviors
1762 Wise Men In Their Bad Hours Comments and analysis of Wise Men In Their Bad Hours by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
974 The Epic Stars Comments and analysis of The Epic Stars by Robinson Jeffers 19 Comments
902 The Purse-Seine Comments and analysis of The Purse-Seine by Robinson Jeffers 1 Comment
850 Shiva
759 Hurt Hawks Comments and analysis of Hurt Hawks by Robinson Jeffers 252 Comments
739 Natural Music Comments and analysis of Natural Music by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
703 Ghost Comments and analysis of Ghost by Robinson Jeffers 5 Comments
703 Ascent To The Sierras Comments and analysis of Ascent To The Sierras by Robinson Jeffers 12 Comments
689 Fawn's Foster-Mother
644 Be Angry At The Sun Comments and analysis of Be Angry At The Sun by Robinson Jeffers 8 Comments
620 The Great Explosion
570 The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean
490 Quia Absurdum
247 To The Stone-Cutters
241 July Fourth By The Ocean
207 The Deer Lay Down Their Bones
201 The Machine Comments and analysis of The Machine by Robinson Jeffers 4 Comments
150 The Bed By The Window Comments and analysis of The Bed By The Window by Robinson Jeffers 2 Comments
131 Cassandra Comments and analysis of Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers 3 Comments
51 The Answer Comments and analysis of The Answer by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
41 Let Them Alone Comments and analysis of Let Them Alone by Robinson Jeffers 6 Comments
17 Sign-Post
12 Promise Of Peace


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