Robinson Jeffers

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.


“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)

Poems by Robinson Jeffers