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. Steelhead 4/12/2010
6. Give Your Heart To The Hawks 6/29/2012
7. Thebaid 4/12/2010
8. New Mexican Mountain 4/12/2010
9. Thurso’s Landing 4/12/2010
10. Shane O’neill’s Cairn 4/12/2010
11. Theory Of Truth 4/12/2010
12. Quia Absurdum 4/12/2010
13. The Place For No Story 4/12/2010
14. New Year’s Eve 4/12/2010
15. The Low Sky 4/12/2010
16. The Wind-Struck Music 4/12/2010
17. The Songs Of The Dead Men To The Three Dancers 4/12/2010
18. To The House 4/12/2010
19. Hooded Night 4/12/2010
20. The Giant’s Ring 4/12/2010
21. Shakespeare’s Grave 4/12/2010
22. Give Your Wish Light 4/12/2010
23. Flight Of Swans 4/12/2010
24. The Tower Beyond Tragedy 4/12/2010
25. The Truce And The Peace 4/12/2010
26. Margrave 4/12/2010
27. Iona: The Graves Of The Kings 4/12/2010
28. Now Returned Home 4/12/2010
29. Ossian’s Grave 4/12/2010
30. The Great Sunset 4/12/2010
31. Granite And Cypress 4/12/2010
32. The Coast-Road 4/12/2010
33. The Old Man’s Dream After He Died 4/12/2010
34. From The Women At Point Sur 4/12/2010
35. Soliloquy 4/12/2010
36. The Cruel Falcon 4/12/2010
37. Going To The Horse Flats 4/12/2010
38. The Treasure 4/12/2010
39. Shooting Season 4/12/2010
40. Hellenistics 4/12/2010

Comments about Robinson Jeffers

  • 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.

Best Poem of Robinson Jeffers

The Answer

Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams.
To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence,
and their tyrants come, many times before.
When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose
the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.
To keep one's own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted
and not wish for evil; and not be duped
By dreams of universal justice or happiness. These dreams will
not be fulfilled.
To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains ...

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The Eye

The Atlantic is a stormy moat; and the Mediterranean,
The blue pool in the old garden,
More than five thousand years has drunk sacrifice
Of ships and blood, and shines in the sun; but here the Pacific--
Our ships, planes, wars are perfectly irrelevant.
Neither our present blood-feud with the brave dwarfs
Nor any future world-quarrel of westering
And eastering man, the bloody migrations, greed of power, clash of
faiths--

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