Robinson Jeffers

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

Robinson Jeffers Poems

1. Song Of Quietness 12/9/2014
2. Mountain Pines 2/7/2015
3. To Helen About Her Hair 11/20/2014
4. Give Your Heart To The Hawks 6/29/2012
5. The Loving Shepherdess 4/12/2010
6. Steelhead 4/12/2010
7. New Mexican Mountain 4/12/2010
8. Hooded Night 4/12/2010
9. Shane O’neill’s Cairn 4/12/2010
10. New Year’s Eve 4/12/2010
11. Thebaid 4/12/2010
12. A Redeemer 4/12/2010
13. From The Women At Point Sur 4/12/2010
14. To The House 4/12/2010
15. Quia Absurdum 4/12/2010
16. Granite And Cypress 4/12/2010
17. Shakespeare’s Grave 4/12/2010
18. Give Your Wish Light 4/12/2010
19. Second-Best 4/12/2010
20. Going To The Horse Flats 4/12/2010
21. Iona: The Graves Of The Kings 4/12/2010
22. Thurso’s Landing 4/12/2010
23. Tamar 4/12/2010
24. Hellenistics 4/12/2010
25. The Tower Beyond Tragedy 4/12/2010
26. All The Little Hoofprints 4/12/2010
27. Soliloquy 4/12/2010
28. The Broadstone 4/12/2010
29. Ghosts In England 4/12/2010
30. Theory Of Truth 4/12/2010
31. The Place For No Story 4/12/2010
32. The Truce And The Peace 4/12/2010
33. Now Returned Home 4/12/2010
34. The Giant’s Ring 4/12/2010
35. Flight Of Swans 4/12/2010
36. The Wind-Struck Music 4/12/2010
37. Shooting Season 4/12/2010
38. The Songs Of The Dead Men To The Three Dancers 4/12/2010
39. The Low Sky 4/12/2010
40. Decaying Lambskins 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


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
I understood then
That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
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
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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