Poetry

Although Robinson Jeffers occasionally published in literary journals, most of his poems appeared first in book-length collections. The dates for the poems presented on this website come from those appearances in books. Those interested in delving more deeply into the textual history of the poems should consult Volume 5 of The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Tim Hunt (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001), which includes detailed manuscript and publication history of every poem. The following poems are organized chronologically by their first appearance in a book by Jeffers and are reproduced with permission of Stanford University Press on this RJA site. Excerpts of prose writings by Jeffers also are available on this site. [This page is currently under revision; check back soon for additional poems.]

from Tamar (1917-23)
Divinely Superfluous Beauty
The Maid’s Thought
Natural Music

from Roan Stallion (1924-25)
Ante Mortem
Joy

from Thurso’s Landing (1930-31)
November Surf

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