Robinson Jeffers

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

Robinson Jeffers Poems

1. Song Of Quietness 12/9/2014
2. To Helen About Her Hair 11/20/2014
3. Mountain Pines 2/7/2015
4. The Loving Shepherdess 4/12/2010
5. Give Your Heart To The Hawks 6/29/2012
6. Steelhead 4/12/2010
7. New Mexican Mountain 4/12/2010
8. Thebaid 4/12/2010
9. To The House 4/12/2010
10. The Giant’s Ring 4/12/2010
11. Shane O’neill’s Cairn 4/12/2010
12. Theory Of Truth 4/12/2010
13. The Truce And The Peace 4/12/2010
14. Quia Absurdum 4/12/2010
15. The Place For No Story 4/12/2010
16. New Year’s Eve 4/12/2010
17. The Low Sky 4/12/2010
18. The Wind-Struck Music 4/12/2010
19. The Great Sunset 4/12/2010
20. The Coast-Road 4/12/2010
21. From The Women At Point Sur 4/12/2010
22. The Dead To Clemenceau: 4/12/2010
23. Hooded Night 4/12/2010
24. Soliloquy 4/12/2010
25. Tamar 4/12/2010
26. Shooting Season 4/12/2010
27. Shakespeare’s Grave 4/12/2010
28. Flight Of Swans 4/12/2010
29. Give Your Wish Light 4/12/2010
30. The Broadstone 4/12/2010
31. Second-Best 4/12/2010
32. Margrave 4/12/2010
33. Iona: The Graves Of The Kings 4/12/2010
34. Now Returned Home 4/12/2010
35. The Bloody Sire 4/12/2010
36. Thurso’s Landing 4/12/2010
37. Ossian’s Grave 4/12/2010
38. The Trap 4/12/2010
39. To The Rock That Will Be A Cornerstone Of The House 4/12/2010
40. Ghosts In England 4/12/2010

Comments about Robinson Jeffers

  • Michael Walker Michael Walker (11/10/2019 9:04:00 PM)

    I have read quite a few of Robinson Jeffers' poems now. They can be obscure in some lines, showing a fine imagination at work. My favorite poem of his is still 'Shine Perishing Republic', which is elegant and the syntax close to perfection, in my opinion.

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  • Barbara Hall (2/14/2019 7:19:00 AM)

    James Karmen’s literary biography of Jeffers led me to the poet’s writing. He is so terribly good that it is shameful he is unread in the 21st century. What a smart man he was, and he marched to his own drum. In the 1930s, he refused to join or support literary groups. He knew the voice of a writer/poet was a singular vision.

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  • Anthony White (9/12/2011 1:23:00 PM)

    In a strange way, his lack of popularity is probably a testimony to his insight; people are shy of hearing what disagrees with the common view. His ability to look beyond the tepid matters of today reminds me of the work of David Jones, someone else maturing gently in obscurity.

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  • Yacov Mitchenko (7/19/2010 11:53:00 PM)

    Robinson Jeffers is a criminally underrated poet, easily the equal of Eliot and Frost (and in my view a better poet than either) . 'Hurt Hawks' and 'Vulture' are among the best animals poems I have read in the language. He's a formidable epic poet, and is generally more successful than the other major English poets at long narratives.

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Best Poem of Robinson Jeffers

Vulture

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,
And presently it passed again, but lower and nearer, its orbit
narrowing,
I understood then
That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
feathers
Whistle above me and make their circle and come nearer.
I could see the naked red head between the great wings
Bear downward staring. I said, 'My dear bird, we are wasting time
here.
These old bones will still work; ...

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The Excesses Of God

Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
Our God? For to be equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom

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