Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, July 9, 1937

John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Much of Jeffers’ poetry was written in narrative and epic form. However, he is also known for his shorter verse and is considered an icon of the environmental movement. Influential and highly regarded in some circles, despite or because of his philosophy of “inhumanism”, Jeffers believed that transcending conflict required human concerns to be de-emphasized in favor of the boundless whole. This led him to oppose U.S. participation in World War II, a stance that was controversial after the U.S. entered the war. (Information from Wikipedia)


Articles in Western American Literature:

“A Terrible Genius”: Robinson Jeffers’s Art of Narrative

Jeffers, Rexroth, and the Trope of Hellenism

Home: A ‘Lost’ Jeffers Narrative

Land and Value: The Ecology of Robinson Jeffers

Reclaiming the Power: Robinson Jeffers’s Verse Novels

Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers’ Macabre and Darkly Marvelous Double Axe

Necessary Ecstasy: An Afterword to Cawdor

The Inhumanism of Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers: Apocalypse and His “Inevitable Place”

Robinson Jeffers and the Paeon

Jeffers’ “Cawdor” and the Hippolytus Story