Robinson Jeffers

(10 January 1887 – 20 January 1962 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

Vulture - Poem by Robinson Jeffers

I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Above the ocean. I saw through half-shut eyelids a vulture wheeling
high up in heaven,
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Comments about Vulture by Robinson Jeffers

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (7/31/2019 12:27:00 AM)

    He is ambivalent about the vulture-love-hate. He is afraid of the vulture killing
    him, but admires the bird's beauty, his wings 'those great sails' and he thinks
    this would be a good a way as any to die.
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  • MS.CLHH (12/5/2018 9:55:00 AM)

    A very respectful ode to vulture. I will frame it and hang it beside my vulture painting. (Report)Reply

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  • MUHAMMAD JANGO (11/28/2018 4:26:00 AM)

    The poem is really amazing and of metaphysical images. (Report)Reply

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  • Janet Briggs (9/15/2017 10:28:00 AM)

    Here's a good video reading of this poem: https: //youtu.be/fbEJzWi-hA8 (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/10/2015 7:50:00 AM)

    ''What a sublime end of one's body, ''

    well.. not the best, maybe.. ;)

    - In Italian: - ''Quale sublime fine per il proprio corpo, ''
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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/10/2015 7:48:00 AM)

    A description about the cycles of nature... (Report)Reply

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  • Darryl Jackson (6/26/2015 2:49:00 PM)

    The beauty of the circle of life is clear in these words. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/1/2014 8:51:00 AM)

    Amazing. I was intrigued from the beginning, because I love to watch vultures flying, but then the abrupt thought of becoming part of one by being eaten, that just blew me away! (Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (12/1/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    I had my doubts at the beginning, but the imagery pulled me in and nailed me. (Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (12/1/2014 3:24:00 AM)

    So beautiful each word is measured rhythmical - That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak I am Alive and not dead (Report)Reply

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  • Frank Avon (8/31/2014 12:42:00 AM)

    Incredibly good poem on a subject that one would not expect. The poet's vision transforms the reader's vision seamlessly. I wish I could see how the poem actually looks on a page; this would help me know how to read it orally. (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (12/1/2013 9:49:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. When fear is not there beauty can be seen all around. Also a sense of oneness that goes beyond bodily existence. (Report)Reply

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