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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...

Works Cited

Gioia, Dana. Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1991.

Gioia, Dana, Chryss Yost, and Jack Hicks, eds. California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2004.

Gioia, Dana, David Mason, Meg Schoerke, eds. Twentieth-Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004.

Jeffers, Robinson. The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Edited by Tim Hunt. 5 vols. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1988-2001.

---. The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers. Edited by Albert Gelpi. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Jeffers, Robinson, James Karman, and Una Jeffers. The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers: With Selected Letters of Una Jeffers. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Robinson Jeffers, "Carmel Point" and excerpts from "Tor House," "For Una," "De Rerum Virtute" and "The Beauty of Things," from The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Copyright 1935 and © 1963 by Donnan Jeffers and Garth Jeffers. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.


Writers: Dana Gioia and Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts. "Tor House and Hawk Tower" by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts; "Jeffers and California" by James Karman.

The creation of Robinson Jeffers educational materials has been made possible, in part, with support from the Poetry Foundation.

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