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Analysis and comments on The Avowal by Denise Levertov

Comment 3 of 3, added on September 21st, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

I just discovered this poem today, and I have undertaken to set it to

Timothy Williams from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 13th, 2011 at 3:13 PM.
Levertov Poem Avowal

Ever since my first reading of this tribute to George Herbert I have
cherished it as it is, but I wish I could have asked Denise Levertov
whether she would agree that two more words of her final line would convey
an even deeper meaning. She writes "no effort earns" and I would ask her to
consider a parenthesis "or loses" that all-surrounding grace.

Howard Hunter from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on October 1st, 2005 at 4:18 PM.

All the metaphors operate in the same direction. If you wish to achieve
grace, the message is don't try. Be open and willing. It is like a
surgeon keeping his hand still by not trying to keep it still.

B. Love from United States

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Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: The Avowal
Added: Mar 17 2005
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