When I Considered It Too Closely By Robinson Jeffers

I When I considered it too closely, when I wore it like an element and smelt it like water, Life is become less lovely, the…

Read More..

When I Was Young In By Robinson Jeffers

When I was young in school in Switzerland, about the time of the Boer War, We used to take it for known that the human…

Read More..

When The Sun Shouts And By Robinson Jeffers

When the sun shouts and people abound One thinks there were the ages of stone and the age of bronze And the iron age; iron…

Read More..

While This America By Robinson Jeffers

While this America settles in the mould of its vulgarity, heavily thickening to empire And protest, only a bubble in the molten mass, pops and…

Read More..

Why Listen, Even The By Robinson Jeffers

Why listen, even the water is sobbing for something. The west wind is dead, the waves Forget to hate the cliff, in the upland canyons…

Read More..

A Little Scraping By Robinson Jeffers

A Little Scraping True, the time, to one who does not love farce, And if misery must be prefers it nobler, shows apparent vices; At…

Read More..

A Little Too Abstract, A By Robinson Jeffers

A little too abstract, a little too wise, It is time for us to kiss the earth again, It is time to let the leaves…

Read More..

A Redeemer By Robinson Jeffers

A Redeemer The road had steepened and the sun sharpened on the high ridges; the stream probably was dry, Certainly not to be come to…

Read More..

All The Little Hoofprints By Robinson Jeffers

All The Little Hoofprints Farther up the gorge the sea’s voice fainted and ceased. We heard a new noise far away ahead of us, vague…

Read More..

An Artist By Robinson Jeffers

An Artist That sculptor we knew, the passionate-eyed son of a quarryman, Who astonished Rome and Paris in his meteor youth, and then was gone,…

Read More..

Ante Mortem By Robinson Jeffers

Ante Mortem It is likely enough that lions and scorpions Guard the end; life never was bonded to be endurable nor the act of dying…

Read More..

Antrim By Robinson Jeffers

Antrim No spot of earth where men have so fiercely for ages of time Fought and survived and cancelled each other, Pict and Gael and…

Read More..

Apology For Bad Dreams By Robinson Jeffers

Apology For Bad Dreams I In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward, Headlong convexities of forest, drawn in together to the…

Read More..

Ascent To The Sierras By Robinson Jeffers

Ascent To The Sierras Beyond the great valley an odd instinctive rising Begins to possess the ground, the flatness gathers to little humps and barrows,…

Read More..

Ave Caesar By Robinson Jeffers

Ave Caesar No bitterness: our ancestors did it. They were only ignorant and hopeful, they wanted freedom but wealth too. Their children will learn to…

Read More..

Be Angry At The Sun By Robinson Jeffers

Be Angry At The Sun That public men publish falsehoods Is nothing new. That America must accept Like the historical republics corruption and empire Has…

Read More..

Beyond The Great Valley By Robinson Jeffers

Beyond the great valley an odd instinctive rising Begins to possess the ground, the flatness gathers to little humps and barrows, low aimless ridges, A…

Read More..

Beyond The Narrows Of By Robinson Jeffers

Beyond the narrows of the Inner Hebrides We sailed the cold angry sea toward Barra, where Heaval mountain Lifts like a mast. There were few…

Read More..

Birds By Robinson Jeffers

Birds The fierce musical cries of a couple of sparrowhawks hunting on the headland, Hovering and darting, their heads northwestward, Prick like silver arrows shot…

Read More..

Birth-Dues By Robinson Jeffers

Birth-Dues Joy is a trick in the air; pleasure is merely contemptible, the dangled Carrot the ass follows to market or precipice; But limitary pain…

Read More..

Bixby’s Landing By Robinson Jeffers

Bixby’s Landing They burned lime on the hill and dropped it down here in an iron car On a long cable; here the ships warped…

Read More..

Boats In A Fog By Robinson Jeffers

Boats In A Fog Sports and gallantries, the stage, the arts, the antics of dancers, The exuberant voices of music, Have charm for children but…

Read More..

Carmel Point By Robinson Jeffers By Robinson Jeffers

Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers The extraordinary patience of things! This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses– How beautiful when we first…

Read More..

Carmel Point By Robinson Jeffers

Carmel Point The extraordinary patience of things! This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses- How beautiful when we first beheld it, Unbroken…

Read More..

Cassandra By Robinson Jeffers

Cassandra The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers Hooked in the stones of the wall, The storm-wrack hair and screeching mouth:…

Read More..

Civilized, Crying_ How By Robinson Jeffers

Civilized, crying: how to be human again; this will tell you how. Turn outward, love things, not men, turn right away from humanity, Let that…

Read More..

Contemplation Of The Sword By Robinson Jeffers

Contemplation Of The Sword Reason will not decide at last; the sword will decide. The sword: an obsolete instrument of bronze or steel, formerly used…

Read More..

Contrast By Robinson Jeffers

Contrast The world has many seas, Mediterranean, Atlantic, but here is the shore of the one ocean. And here the heavy future hangs like a…

Read More..

De Rerum Virtute By Robinson Jeffers

De Rerum Virtute I. Here is the skull of a man: a man’s thoughts and emotions Have moved under the thin bone vault like clouds…

Read More..

Decaying Lambskins By Robinson Jeffers

Decaying Lambskins After all, we also stand on a height. Our blood and our culture have passed the flood-marks of any world Up to this…

Read More..

Delusion Of Saints By Robinson Jeffers

Delusion Of Saints The old pagan burials, uninscribed rock, Secret-keeping mounds, Have shed the feeble delusions that built them, They stand inhumanly Clean and massive;…

Read More..

Distant Rainfall By Robinson Jeffers

Distant Rainfall Like mourning women veiled to the feet Tall slender rainstorms walk slowly against gray cloud along the far verge. The ocean is green…

Read More..

Divinely Superfluous Beauty By Robinson Jeffers

Divinely Superfluous Beauty The storm-dances of gulls, the barking game of seals, Over and under the ocean… Divinely superfluous beauty Rules the games, presides over…

Read More..

End Of The World By Robinson Jeffers

End Of The World When I was young in school in Switzerland, about the time of the Boer War, We used to take it for…

Read More..

Evening Ebb By Robinson Jeffers

Evening Ebb The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while; five nightherons Fly shorelong voiceless in the hush of the air Over…

Read More..

Fire On The Hills By Robinson Jeffers

Fire On The Hills The deer were bounding like blown leaves Under the smoke in front the roaring wave of the brush-fire; I thought of…

Read More..

Fawn’s Foster-Mother By Robinson Jeffers

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…

Read More..

Flight Of Swans By Robinson Jeffers

Flight Of Swans One who sees giant Orion, the torches of winter midnight, Enormously walking above the ocean in the west of heaven; And watches…

Read More..

Fog By Robinson Jeffers

Fog Invisible gulls with human voices cry in the sea-cloud ‘There is room, wild minds, Up high in the cloud; the web and the feather…

Read More..

From The Women At Point Sur By Robinson Jeffers

From The Women At Point Sur XII Here were new idols again to praise him; I made them alive; but when they looked up at…

Read More..

Give Your Heart To The Hawks By Robinson Jeffers

Give Your Heart To The Hawks 1 he apples hung until a wind at the equinox, That heaped the beach with black weed, filled the…

Read More..

Ghosts In England By Robinson Jeffers

Ghosts In England At East Lulworth the dead were friendly and pitiful, I saw them peek from their ancient earthworks on the coast hills At…

Read More..

Give Your Wish Light By Robinson Jeffers

Give Your Wish Light By day and night dream about happy death, Poor dog give your heart room, drag at the chain, Breathe deep at…

Read More..

Going To The Horse Flats By Robinson Jeffers

Going To The Horse Flats Amazingly active a toothless old man Hobbled beside me up the canyon, going to Horse Flats, he said, To see…

Read More..

Granite And Cypress By Robinson Jeffers

Granite And Cypress White-maned, wide-throated, the heavy-shouldered children of the wind leap at the sea-cliff. The invisible falcon Brooded on water and bred them in…

Read More..

Gray Weather By Robinson Jeffers

Gray Weather It is true that, older than man and ages to outlast him, the Pacific surf Still cheerfully pounds the worn granite drum; But…

Read More..

Hands By Robinson Jeffers

Hands Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara The vault of rock is painted with hands, A multitude of hands in the twilight,…

Read More..

Hellenistics By Robinson Jeffers

Hellenistics I look at the Greek-derived design that nourished my infancy this Wedgwood copy of the Portland vase: Someone had given it to my father…

Read More..

Here Is A Symbol In By Robinson Jeffers

Here is a symbol in which Many high tragic thoughts Watch their own eyes. This gray rock, standing tall On the headland, where the seawind…

Read More..

Hope Is Not For The Wise By Robinson Jeffers

Hope Is Not For The Wise Hope is not for the wise, fear is for fools; Change and the world, we think, are racing to…

Read More..

Hooded Night By Robinson Jeffers

Hooded Night At night, toward dawn, all the lights of the shore have died, And the wind moves. Moves in the dark The sleeping power…

Read More..

Hurt Hawks By Robinson Jeffers

Hurt Hawks I The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder, The wing trails like a banner in defeat, No more to…

Read More..

I Followed The Narrow By Robinson Jeffers

I followed the narrow cliffside trail half way up the mountain Above the deep river-canyon. There was a little cataract crossed the path, flinging itself…

Read More..

I Had Walked Since Dawn By 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…

Read More..

I Have Abhorred The Wars By Robinson Jeffers

I have abhorred the wars and despised the liars, laughed at the frightened And forecast victory; never one moment’s doubt. But now not far, over…

Read More..

If You Should Look For By Robinson Jeffers

If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or…

Read More..

Inscription For A Gravestone By Robinson Jeffers

Inscription For A Gravestone I am not dead, I have only become inhuman: That is to say, Undressed myself of laughable prides and infirmities, But…

Read More..

Intellectuals By Robinson Jeffers

Intellectuals Is it so hard for men to stand by themselves, They must hang on Marx or Christ, or mere Progress? Clearly it is hard….

Read More..

Iona The Graves Of The Kings By Robinson Jeffers

Iona The Graves Of The Kings I wish not to lie here. There’s hardly a plot of earth not blessed for burial, but here One…

Read More..

It Is Good For Strength By Robinson Jeffers

It is good for strength not to be merciful To its own weakness, good for the deep urn to run over, good to explore The…

Read More..