Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems

Robinson Jeffers Selected Poems Selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers

  • Title: Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems
  • Author: Robinson Jeffers
  • ISBN: 394702956
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers.

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    1. At first glance, poet Robinson Jeffers—born in 1887—might look like some kind of early beatnik or proto-hippie. An environmentalist, he wrote lyrically about the beauties of the California coast, and believed nature should be seen as the center of all; a seeker of truth, he was impressed by the personality of the theosophical “guru” Krishnamurti; a pacifist, he made himself highly unpopular by his opposition to World War II. Both environmental anarchist Edward Abbey (author of The Monkey [...]

    2. In my view Jeffers deserves the widest possible readership. Stark, sweeping, eagle-eyed verse. To the bone. 'Shine, Perishing Republic' and 'Cassandra' stand out.

    3. When he was alive I paid very little attention to Robinson Jeffers. My attention to poetry was taken up with American poets who wove a tighter fabric of meaning or at least of implication: Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound. But picking Jeffers up in 2011 I enjoyed and respected his verse. Early in this selection it is metrical and resonant. It has gut satisfaction. It is straightforward. He is resonant in denunciation. That's no small virtue. I think of 18th-century poets li [...]

    4. At the end of the book, I was even more impressed than when I had begun. Honestly, I was going to give this 4 stars instead of 5, because some of the earlier poems are so-so, or have awkward moments. But he really bloomed as the years went on, despite the fact that his popularity took an opposite turn. I rarely feel the sensation that Emily Dickinson said indicates good poetry, feeling like the top of your head has been blown off. But I felt this from a number of Jeffers' poems.Jeffers took a ha [...]

    5. I'm not aware of any political poetry more astute than Jeffers'. No poet saw and wrote as clearly of the consequences of our interdependency and the monsters our cities would become. His portraits of the natural world are rare in their clarity—without any sentimentality or the banality that frames our current discussions of nature and the "natural" world. A hard but lovely view of life, cruel and beautiful. When he thought of Mother Nature, classically schooled Jeffers, never forgot mothers su [...]

    6. This is the first volume of Jeffers' poetry that I have read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. To begin, his straightforward verse is at once beautiful, and absolutely descriptive. I recently drove down California 1, and reading some of these poems, I felt as if Jeffers described exact places that I stopped and took in. His clear love of nature and place is the true gift of this poetry, and outweighs the sometimes paranoid view of the future and our country's role in it.The first poem, "To the Stone [...]

    7. I found this slim volume on the bookshelf of the home we are staying in in Carmel. I had been meaning to visit Tor House while we were here and now hope that perhaps I will before we leave.Along with the book I found a Reader's Guide published by The National Endowment of the Arts in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation in an effort called The Big Read. I encourage anyone who sees this to visit their site at NEABigRead. It is an amazing site filled with books of all kinds and information abo [...]

    8. This is my first real Robinson Jeffers reading (aside from random class-assigned poems), and is already one of my favorite poets. He called the Big Sur region home, and perhaps that's why he resonates with me, as I have a recently acquired particular love for that stretch of mid-California coastal gorgeousness (helped in part by Jack Kerouac's Big Sur).His themes consistently cover nature, the sea, God (both the existence of and a lack thereof), and mankind--its hypocrisies, its created conflict [...]

    9. This is a nice, brief introduction to the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers is an under-appreciated American poet--partly from his opposition to the world wars and partly because his naturalism veers into anti-humanism. Like Whitman, he is a master of a longer line, but he has far more control over his lines than most Whitman-esque poets nor does he share the humanism of American poets like Whitman, Sandburg, and Ginsburg. In many ways, his poetry has the bleak beauty of the West Coast: jagged [...]

    10. Shine, Perishing Republic While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickeningto empireAnd protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and sighs out, and the mass hardens,I sadly smiling remember that the flower fades to make fruit, the fruit rotsto make earth.Out of the mother; and through the spring exultances, ripeness and deca- dence; and home to the mother.You making haste haste on decay: not blameworthy; life is good, be it stub- bornly long or suddenlyA mortal [...]

    11. “Selected Poems”By Robinson JeffersMay 24, 2014Jeffers has a unique way of telling a story, usually dramatic, by way of a poem. His style is sharp and vivid and puts the reader into an environment that he chooses. Not only are his writings radical but invigorating as well for the reader. His descriptions of stoic crags, rocks and the shoreline of the Pacific were not only poignant but refreshing as well as on the spot. I enjoyed Stone Cutters, The Eye, Cassandra and so many more. To any poet [...]

    12. I have never felt so much radical ambivalance toward a poet. If you want to read poems that are the poetic equivalant of being hit with rocks, read this dude. He is seriously amazing. And hates God. And does a better job of articulating and defending the position of the rational, "manly" atheist than anyone I've ever come across, except for maybe Camus and/or professor Lewis (the "manly" bit is his quote, read about it in Mere Christianity). Unapologetic, brave, and utterly hopeless. "Surely one [...]

    13. Robinson Jeffers thinks of life like a kid who can’t play basketball, and now wants to ban the sport. He’s a man constantly dreaming of death, but in a twist of irony, he didn’t kill himself or completely stop eating. I guess death isn’t so fun when you can’t dream about it.Jeffers’ Freudian “Death Drive” must have been in overdrive. Even Schopenhauer would have talked Jeffers back from the ledge. Jeffers poetry suffers from a breathtakingly mellifluous denial of the human situat [...]

    14. I bought volume one of A History of Modern Poetry by David Perkins years ago. I have spent time with it at odd stretches. Underlining with a mechanical pencil. I've read the poetry of WWI chapter several times. I don't remember exactly how I came across Robinson Jeffers. I always mixed him up with Hart Crane. I've never made much headway reading Crane. Something sparked things early in 2016, I went back and reread the section on Jeffers, and bought this slim collection used online. I was surpris [...]

    15. Making space on the bookshelves and trying to be brutal with myself in my attempt to give stuff away I've hung onto this since college, but in truth, I don't remember a single poem from it, (one about birds, maybe?) And I know I'll never delve into it again. I DID come away from the Contemporary American Poetry class with an appreciation for other poets I'd never heard of before then, such as William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens. But poor ol' Jeffers is getting the boot from my personal s [...]

    16. Despite this book of poems being just over one hundred pages it took me awhile to finish it. I read the first half in a year, and then the second half in about two weeks. The poems in this collection are in chronological order and span the lifework of Jeffers. It’s obvious to me that Jeffers really picked up in his later years; although, the poems written when he was younger are still good. Jeffers’ insights and wisdom are brilliant, no matter how misanthropic, and each poem contains a uniqu [...]

    17. You have to be in the right mood to read Jeffers--a little tired, a little melancholy, a little pessimistic. And only read a little of him at a time, if you don't want to be forced into utter despair. So this is a little book of Jeffers, and that's good. Though even at times reading this one, you just want to say to old Robby, Geez, lighten up. Have a beer. Get laid. Go play catch with your dog. Gossip with a friend. Listen to Fibber McGee and Molly on the radio.

    18. It was more than several years after I had left school, that I discovered that poetry could simply be read for pleasure, that it did not need to be analyzed to be enjoyed. It was the poetry of Robinson Jeffers that opened that gateway for me. Poems such as Hurt Hawks, The bed by the window, and The World's Wonders showed me that poetry could be as simple and sharp as the edge of a knife. I can honestly say that I think if more people read his poetry, the world would be a better place.

    19. Took me awhile to get through this one. I loved all the sea imagery and the wildness in many of these poems. "The House Dog's Grave" is the only poem to have ever made me cry. Jeffers' misanthropy and pessimism was of such a nature that it is more comforting than off-putting for me. There are a couple of poems in this collection that I will undoubtedly return to again and again.

    20. There is so much here to recommend - the description of nature, his turns of phase - but there is a baseline nihilism, which Jeffers himself referred to as inhumanism that I just can't wholly embrace. However, Robinson Jeffers deserves to be read and doing it in selected fashion is probably the right way to do it.

    21. I understand why Jeffers is one of Bukowski's favorite poets.Sample quote from "Cassandra:"---Truly men hate the truth; Therefore the poets honey their truth with lying; but religion-Venders and political menPour from the barrel, new lies on the old, and are praised for kindlyWisdom. Poor bitch, be wise.---I can think of a few people who fit the bill.

    22. Mad But Magic YA Blogfrom “Hurt Hawks”:I’d sooner, except the penalties, kill a man than a hawk;but the great redtailHad nothing left but unable miseryFrom the bone too shattered for mending, the wing thattrailed under his talons when he moved.

    23. Tremendous work in an unbelievably small space. My copy became essentially on giant dog-ear. Although, a little preachy in parts, the overall tone of the indictment of the 20th century was pitch-perfect.

    24. I picked this up on ebay before Christmas. I've always loved Jeffers poems. "Hurt Hawks" is another one of those poems that may rank among the best work ever. This is a great representative collectionof his work, glad I stumbled across it.

    25. So I technically haven't finished it, but about once a day I pick up this book and read one of my favorite poems of all time, which are all completely new to me. I love this book! Beautiful! Jeffers is one of my favorite poets!

    26. A small booklet of some of Jeffers' most famous and moving poetry. A controversial poet, but nevertheless a national treasure. Tor House, Roan Stallion, Carmel Point, and Una are particularly moving.

    27. A really good way to get to know shorter poems of Robinson Jeffers. I hand this out to people who want to know why he's my favorite poet. The shorter poems are a pathway into his long narrative poems.

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