National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read
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)

Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 Day class study of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.

Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.

Day One
Focus: Poetry of Place
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Historical Criticism
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Biographical Criticism and the Speaker of a Poem
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Poetry and Ideas
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Eco-Criticism
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Rhythm
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: Symbols
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Allusions
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Poet Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]

Handouts

Handout 1: Jeffers’s Inhumanism [PDF]
Handout 2: Jeffers and the Central California Coast [PDF]
Handout 3: Rock and Hawk [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

Jeffers' poems remain protected by copyright, but may be printed from the Poetry Foundation's website.

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