Robinson Jeffers, a giant among American poets, planned the original cottage as a home for his wife, Una, himself and their twin sons. 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. He sited the house on a point of land that meets the sea like the "prow and plunging cutwater" of a ship. Jeffers working with stones in Tor House yard, 1930s. 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. —Robinson Jeffers. Tor House and Hawk Tower are open for tours on every Friday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. 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. Tor House was smaller than I expected, just three rooms downstairs and … 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. We traveled down to see your house, Tor House, Hawk Tower, in Carmel, California. 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. He called his home Tor House, naming it for the craggy knoll, the "tor" on which it was built. He sited the house on a point of land that meets the sea like the "prow and plunging cutwater" of a ship. It may express more direct intelligence per square inch than any other house in America." The poet Robinson Jeffers was born in 1887 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to California with his family as a teenager. View the Photo Gallery 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. 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. Now another well-regarded poet… The house was completed in 1919, and the Tower in 1924. 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 … Robinson Jeffers with his parents, William Hamilton Jeffers and Annie Tuttle Jeffers, in 1893. He was the author of over 20 poetry … 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. 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. It sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With an ancient iron key, Elliot let us inside. Failed Tribute to the Stonemason of Tor House, Robinson Jeffers By James Tate. I thought it would be: I wanted it. The late poet Robinson Jeffers built Tor House in Carmel, Calif., in the early 20th century. 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. It was not quite what. Robinson Jeffers Poems: Back to Poems Page: Tor House by Robinson Jeffers. 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