The two structures, often referred to jointly as Tor House, are generally believed to have played a crucial role in the development of Robinson Jeffers as a poet, and have inspired many a visitor; for example, Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog: "Tor House is a poem-like masterpiece. We traveled down to see your house, Tor House, Hawk Tower, in Carmel, California. The house was completed in 1919, and the Tower in 1924. Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers By James Tate. A Poem About George Doty In The Death House Lured by the wall, and drawn To stare below the roof, Where pigeons nest aloof From prowling cats and men, ... Poem Tor House - Robinson Jeffers « The End of the Day. With an ancient iron key, Elliot let us inside. It sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Tor House is a beautiful poem.Among Jeffers’ poems, this was one of those that has echoed through me with strong sensation of subconscious presence. Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours on every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. One of the rock outcroppings serves as a cornerstone and is celebrated in the poem “To the Rock That Will be a Cornerstone of the House.” Jeffers … After marrying in 1913, he and his wife, Una, settled in Carmel, California. —Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers working with stones in Tor House yard, 1930s. Tor House and Hawk Tower Tor House derives its name from the rocky hill (called a “tor” in Gaelic) upon which the house is built. Robinson Jeffers Poems: Back to Poems Page: Tor House by Robinson Jeffers. He was the author of over 20 poetry … For decades here, Jeffers wrote poetry in the morning, set stone and planted trees in the afternoon, and read to his family at night by the fireplace. He called his home Tor House, naming it for the craggy knoll, the "tor" on which it was built. Built of granite and brick by Jeffers’ son Donnan in the ’50s, it’s operated by the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, which also manages the historic site. The poem features some of the most beautiful wording, I think, that Jeffers ever wrote:Orion in December / Evenings was strung in the throat of the valley like a lamp-lighted bridge. Robinson Jeffers with his parents, William Hamilton Jeffers and Annie Tuttle Jeffers, in 1893. The poet Robinson Jeffers was born in 1887 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to California with his family as a teenager. Tor House was smaller than I expected, just three rooms downstairs and … It was not quite what. I thought it would be: I wanted it. Now another well-regarded poet… If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes: Perhaps of my planted forest a few May stand yet, dark-leaved Australians or the coast cypress, haggard With storm-drift; but fire and the axe are devils. View the Photo Gallery It may express more direct intelligence per square inch than any other house in America." He sited the house on a point of land that meets the sea like the "prow and plunging cutwater" of a ship. The tours are limited to a maximum of 6 people so the experience is more intimate than typical tours of famous houses, plus as I mentioned before, there are no velvet ropes, so you can walk throughout the entire house and property and get the full experience. He sited the house on a point of land that meets the sea like the "prow and plunging cutwater" of a ship. Tor House and Hawk Tower were built by Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers as a home and refuge for himself and his family, using granite boulders gathered from the shore of Carmel Bay. Robinson Jeffers, a giant among American poets, planned the original cottage as a home for his wife, Una, himself and their twin sons. The late poet Robinson Jeffers built Tor House in Carmel, Calif., in the early 20th century. 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