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. Thurso’s Landing 4/12/2010
11. Tamar 4/12/2010
12. The Giant’s Ring 4/12/2010
13. Shane O’neill’s Cairn 4/12/2010
14. Theory Of Truth 4/12/2010
15. The Tower Beyond Tragedy 4/12/2010
16. The Truce And The Peace 4/12/2010
17. Quia Absurdum 4/12/2010
18. The Place For No Story 4/12/2010
19. New Year’s Eve 4/12/2010
20. The Low Sky 4/12/2010
21. The Wind-Struck Music 4/12/2010
22. The Great Sunset 4/12/2010
23. The Songs Of The Dead Men To The Three Dancers 4/12/2010
24. The Coast-Road 4/12/2010
25. From The Women At Point Sur 4/12/2010
26. The Dead To Clemenceau: 4/12/2010
27. Hooded Night 4/12/2010
28. Soliloquy 4/12/2010
29. The Cruel Falcon 4/12/2010
30. Shooting Season 4/12/2010
31. Shakespeare’s Grave 4/12/2010
32. Flight Of Swans 4/12/2010
33. The Broadstone 4/12/2010
34. Second-Best 4/12/2010
35. Margrave 4/12/2010
36. Iona: The Graves Of The Kings 4/12/2010
37. Now Returned Home 4/12/2010
38. Subjected Earth 4/12/2010
39. The Bloody Sire 4/12/2010
40. Ossian’s Grave 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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Civilized, crying: how to be human again; this will tell you how.
Turn outward, love things, not men, turn right away from humanity,
Let that doll lie. Consider if you like how the lilies grow,
Lean on the silent rock until you feel its divinity
Make your veins cold; look at the silent stars, let your eyes
Climb the great ladder out of the pit of yourself and man.
Things are so beautiful, your love will follow your eyes;
Things are the God; you will love God and not in vain,
For what we

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