Who is Robinson Jeffers

John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Much of Jeffers's poetry was written in narrative and epic form. However, he is also known for his shorter verse and is considered an icon of the environmental movement. Influential and highly regarded in some circles, despite or because of his philosophy of "inhumanism", Jeffers believed that transcending conflict required human concerns to be de-emphasized in favor of the boundless whole. This led him to oppose U.S. participation in World War II, a stance that was controversial after the U.S. entered the war.


Jeffers was born January 10, 1887, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (now part of Pittsburgh), the son of Reverend Dr. W...
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Robinson Jeffers Poems

  • Subjected Earth
    Walking in the flat Oxfordshire fields
    Where the eye can find no rock to rest on but little flints
    Speckle the soil, and the million-berried hedges
    Tingle with birds at evening, I saw the sombre ...
  • Fawn's Foster-mother
    The old woman sits on a bench before the door and quarrels
    With her meagre pale demoralized daughter.
    Once when I passed I found her alone, laughing in the sun
    And saying that when she was first married ...
  • Roan Stallion
    The dog barked; then the woman stood in the doorway, and hearing
    iron strike stone down the steep road
    Covered her head with a black shawl and entered the light rain;
    she stood at the turn of the road. ...
  • Natural Music
    The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers,
    (Winter has given them gold for silver
    To stain their water and bladed green for brown to line their banks)
    From different throats intone one language. ...
  • Love The Wild Swan
    "I hate my verses, every line, every word.
    Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try
    One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird
    That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky. ...
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Life 57 Great 53 Time 51 World 50 Long 47 Sea 47 Beautiful 44 Mountain 42 Ocean 40 Water 39

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Annemarie_fyfe: fair head in eerie evening light. living in cushendun in 1929, carmel poet robinson jeffers wrote to a friend saying that, if he didn’t already live on the californian coast, the one place in the world he would choose to live would be on top of fair head, this 600-ft precipice.
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Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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