Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: The Secret
Year: Published/Written in 1964
Comment 4 of 4, 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 4, 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
Comment 2 of 4, added on February 12th, 2006 at 12:45 AM.
Denise Levertov was a very special poet. When a pair of teenage girls met her, likley at a book signing, they told her one of the lines of her poems had taught them the secret of life. However, they could not tell her the name of the poem, nor the line. Rather than be offended, she found delight in the fact that they had, evn for a moment, found such meaning in her poem, rather in any poem, and that by forgetting the line so quickly they could discover it over and over again. To discover personal meaning in a line of poetry is the secret of poetry,Magical, isn't it, how someone can write something out of nothing and have it speak to your heart. That is what she is saying in this poem, that poetry is magical.
from United States
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