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Denise Levertov - The Secret

Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don't know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can't find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,
for

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.

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The Secret - Comments and Information

Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: The Secret
Year: Published/Written in 1964

Comment 5 of 5, added on November 20th, 2013 at 9:59 PM.
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Comment 4 of 5, added on October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 AM.

i think ots a very attracting poem but its very trick.

pamela from South Africa
Comment 3 of 5, added on August 6th, 2008 at 9:49 AM.

Poems can be interpreted in various ways, yes; but one remains limited to, constrained by, the text, so a poem cannot willy-nilly mean "anything whatsoever" or "wahtever one want's it to mean".

And that is the challenge when interpreting a poem: to stay within the bounds of it.


Joseph from United States

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