Robinson Jeffers

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

Robinson Jeffers Poems

41. Granite And Cypress 4/12/2010
42. The Caged Eagle’s Death Dream 4/12/2010
43. The Old Man’s Dream After He Died 4/12/2010
44. Going To The Horse Flats 4/12/2010
45. The Treasure 4/12/2010
46. Hellenistics 4/12/2010
47. The Day Is A Poem (September 19, 1939) 4/12/2010
48. Night 4/12/2010
49. Post Mortem 4/12/2010
50. Shakespeare’s Grave 4/12/2010
51. Phenomena 4/12/2010
52. Flight Of Swans 4/12/2010
53. To His Father 4/12/2010
54. Gray Weather 4/12/2010
55. Iona: The Graves Of The Kings 4/12/2010
56. A Redeemer 4/12/2010
57. Salmon-Fishing 4/12/2010
58. November Surf 4/12/2010
59. Fog 4/12/2010
60. Tamar 4/12/2010
61. Self-Criticism In February 4/12/2010
62. All The Little Hoofprints 4/12/2010
63. The Cycle 4/12/2010
64. Rearmament 4/12/2010
65. Hope Is Not For The Wise 4/12/2010
66. Decaying Lambskins 4/12/2010
67. The Beaks Of Eagles 4/12/2010
68. People And A Heron 4/12/2010
69. Still The Mind Smiles 4/12/2010
70. To The Rock That Will Be A Cornerstone Of The House 4/12/2010
71. Night Without Sleep 4/12/2010
72. Intellectuals 4/12/2010
73. The Broken Balance 1/13/2003
74. Original Sin 4/12/2010
75. De Rerum Virtute 4/12/2010
76. Delusion Of Saints 4/12/2010
77. Shine, Republic 4/12/2010
78. Evening Ebb 4/12/2010
79. No Resurrection 4/12/2010
80. Suicide's Stone 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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On Building With Stone

To be an ape in little of the mountain-making mother
Like swarthy Cheops, but my own hands
For only slaves, is a far sweeter toil than to cut
Passions in verse for a sick people.
I'd liefer bed one boulder in the house-wall than be the time's
Archilochus: we name not Homer: who now
Can even imagine the fabulous dawn when bay-leaves (to a blind
Beggar) were not bitter in the teeth?

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