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 Tower”.

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


Ave Caesar (1 Comment »)
Birthday (Autobiography) (No Comments »)
Carmel Point (1 Comment »)
Cassandra (2 Comments »)
Contemplation Of The Sword (No Comments »)
Divinely Superfluous Beauty (1 Comment »)
Hurt Hawks (1 Comment »)
July Fourth By The Ocean (No Comments »)
Let Them Alone (2 Comments »)
Love The Wild Swan (1 Comment »)
Natural Music (1 Comment »)
Now Returned Home (No Comments »)
On Building With Stone (No Comments »)
Praise Life (1 Comment »)
Promise Of Peace (No Comments »)
Return (1 Comment »)
Rock And Hawk (2 Comments »)
Shine, Perishing Republic (1 Comment »)
Shiva (No Comments »)
So Many Blood-Lakes (No Comments »)
Suicide’s Stone (No Comments »)
Summer Holiday (No Comments »)
The Answer (No Comments »)
The Bed By The Window (1 Comment »)
The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939) (No Comments »)
The Deer Lay Down Their Bones (No Comments »)
The Epic Stars (No Comments »)
The Eye (No Comments »)
The Machine (3 Comments »)
The Purse-Seine (1 Comment »)
To The House (No Comments »)
Vulture (1 Comment »)
We Are Those People (1 Comment »)
Wise Men In Their Bad Hours (3 Comments »)

Be Angry At The Sun

Be Angry At The Sun (No Comments »)

Be Angry At The Sun And Other Poems

The Stars Go Over The Lonely Ocean (No Comments »)

Cawdor And Other Poems

Ascent To The Sierras (No Comments »)
Bixby’s Landing (No Comments »)

Cawdor and Other poems

Contrast (No Comments »)

Cawdor And Other Poems

Fawn’s Foster-Mother (No Comments »)
Meditation On Saviors (No Comments »)
The Bird With The Dark Plumes (No Comments »)
The Summit Redwood (No Comments »)
To A Young Artist (1 Comment »)

Cawdor And Other poems

Tor House (1 Comment »)

Dear Judas And Other Poems

Birth-Dues (No Comments »)
The Broken Balance (1 Comment »)

Hungerfield And Other Poems

Time Of Disturbance (No Comments »)

Selected Poems

The Excesses Of God (1 Comment »)

Solstc And Other Poems

Sign-Post (No Comments »)


Fire On The Hills (No Comments »)
The Great Explosion (No Comments »)
To The Stone-Cutters (1 Comment »)

Tamar And Other Poems

The Maid’s Thought (No Comments »)

The Beginning and the End & Other Poems

End Of The World (1 Comment »)
Ghost (No Comments »)

The Beginning and the End & Other Poems

The Silent Shepherds (No Comments »)

The Double Axe And Other Poems

Quia Absurdum (No Comments »)
Analysis, meaning and summary of Robinson Jeffers's poem Quia Absurdum

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