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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...


Published Resources

There are four paperback anthologies containing selected poetry of Robinson Jeffers, two published by Stanford University Press. The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Albert Gelpi, also contains the long poem “Cawdor” (2003). Tim Hunt edited a longer anthology, The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, in 2001. The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, also edited by Hunt, is a five-volume collection published between 1988 and 2001.

All poetry cited in this Reader's Guide is available on the Poetry Foundation's website at www.poetryfoundation.org.

Selected Books about Jeffers and His Poetry

  • Greenan, Edith. Of Una Jeffers: A Memoir. Ed. James Karman. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 1998.
  • Karman, James. Robinson Jeffers: Poet of California. Rev. ed. Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, 2001.
  • Karman, James, ed. Stones of the Sur: Poetry by Robinson Jeffers, Photographs by Morley Baer. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • Zaller, Robert, ed. Centennial Essays for Robinson Jeffers. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 1991.
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