John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Most of Jeffers' poetry was written in classic narrative and epic form, but today he is also known for his short verse, and considered an icon of the environmental movement.
Jeffers was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (now part of Pittsburgh), the son of a Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar, Reverend Dr. William Hamilton Jeffers, and Annie Robinson Tuttle. His brother was Hamilton Jeffers, who became a well-known astronomer, working at Lick Observatory. His family was supportive of his interest in poetry. He traveled through Europe during his youth and ... more »
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- Hurt Hawks
- Be Angry At The Sun
- Carmel Point
- Contemplation Of The Sword
- Fire On The Hills
- Shine, Perishing Republic
- Rock And Hawk
- Love The Wild Swan
- Ascent To The Sierras
- Ave Caesar
- The Purse-Seine
- Bixby's Landing
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''If civilization goes down, thatRobinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. MayJune, 1940 (l. 22-25). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Ha...
Would be an event to contemplate.
It will not be in our time, alas, my dear,
It will not be in our time.''
It would be better for menRobinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. MayJune, 1940 (l. 5-7). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harc...
To be few and live far apart, where none could infect another; then
slowly the sanity of field and mountain
And the cold ocean and glittering stars migh...
''the dive-bomber's screaming orgasmRobinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. MayJune, 1940 (l. 12-13). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Ha...
As beautiful as other passions;''
''And why do you cry, my dear, why do you cry?Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. MayJune, 1940 (l. 16-18). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Ha...
It is all in the whirling circles of time.
If millions are born millions must die,''
''They dance with reluctance, they are growing civilized; the old menRobinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. New Mexican Mountain (l. 4). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cla...
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