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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

by Robinson Jeffers

Permanent things, or things forever renewed, like the grass and human passions, are the material for poetry...


Robinson Jeffers, 1948 (Photo by Nat Farbman/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

"Carmel Point," "Tor House," "Shine, Perishing Republic," "Evening Ebb," "Vulture," and "Rock and Hawk" from The selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Tim Hunt (2001), used by permission of Stanford University Press.

Excerpts from "De Rerum Virtute" and "Tor House," from The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Copyright 1935 and Copyright 1963 by Donnan Jeffers and Garth Jeffers. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

Excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, performed by Alexander Rudin and featured on the album Bach: Complete Cello Suites (2002), used courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

Excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101, performed by Seymour Lipkin and featured on the album Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas Vol. 3 (2004), used courtesy of Newport Classic, Ltd.

Excerpts from "Mandan Heartbreak Song," arranged by Jovino Santos Neto (Real Angle Music, BMI); and "Traces of Hope," arranged by Gary Stroutsos (ASCAP) and Jovino Santos Neto (BMI), all traditional songs featured on the album, People of the Willows (1999), used courtesy of Makocheé Recording Company.

Produced by Pepper Smith at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2009.

Executive Producer: Josephine Reed

Assistant Producers: Adam Kampe and Liz Mehaffey

Special thanks to Ariane de Pree-Kajfez at Stanford University Press.

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