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Biography of Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov (1923 - 1997)

Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997) was a British born American poet. Born in Ilford, Essex, England, her mother was Welsh, and her father was an Anglican parson who had immigrated from Germany, and had been raised a Hasidic Jew.

She was educated at home, had an early childhood enthusiasm for writing, and at the age of 12 sent some of her poetry to T. S. Eliot who replied with a two page letter of encouragement.

She served as a civilian nurse in London during the bombings of World War II.

Her first book of poetry, The Double Image, was published in 1946.

She married an American writer, Mitchell Goodman, in 1947, and moved to the United States in 1948, living primarily in New York City, and in Maine during the summer.

She published her first American book Here and Now in 1956, and with the publication of With Eyes at the Back of our Heads in 1959 she began to gain wide acclaim. She went on to publish many prize-winning volumes of poetry, become involved in anti-war movements, and for eleven years, from 1982 to 1993 taught at Stanford University.

She died on December 27, 1997 at the age of 74, from complications of lymphoma.


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56 Poems written by Denise Levertov

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What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 109 Comments
Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 67 Comments
Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 56 Comments
Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 17 Comments
Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 2 Comments
A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
An Embroidery
An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
Bearing the Light
Celebration
Contraband
From the Roof
Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
Hymn To Eros
Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
In Mind
Intrusion
Looking, Walking, Being
Losing Track
On a Theme by Thomas Merton
Pleasures
Seeing For A Moment
St. Peter and the Angel
Stepping Westward
Talking to Grief
The Ache Of Marriage
The Breathing
The Dog of Art
The Elves
The Garden Wall
The Great Black Heron
The Métier of Blossoming
The Quest
The Rainwalkers
The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
The Thread
The Well
To the Reader
To the Snake
Triple Feature
Wanting The Moon
Web
Zeroing In


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