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 or at PoetryFoundation.org (PF). Excerpts of prose writings by Jeffers also are available on this site.

from Tamar (1917-23)
Continent’s End
Divinely Superfluous Beauty
The Maid’s Thought
Natural Music
Shine, Perishing Republic
To the Stone-cutters

from Roan Stallion (1924-25)
Ante Mortem
Joy
Science

from Cawdor (1926-28)
Hurt Hawks

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

from Be Angry at the Sun (1938-41)
Be Angry at the Sun
The Bloody Sire (PF)
Come, Little Birds (PF)

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