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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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First LineComments
"I am a landscape," he said,
"The World is not something to
A certain day became a presence to me; Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
A night that cuts between you and you Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
After I had cut off my hands
Ah, Grief, I should not treat you
Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
An absolute
An old man whose black face
As swimmers dare Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
As you read, a white bear leisurely
At sixteen I believed the moonlight
Bricks of the wall,
Brilliant, this day – a young virtuoso of a day.
Delivered out of raw continual pain,
Did the people of Viet Nam Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 107 Comments
Down through the tomb's inward arch
Elves are no smaller
From the tawny light Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
Fully occupied with growing--that's
Green Snake, when I hung you round my neck
High, hollowed in green
I like to find
I thought I was growing wings—
I was welcomed here—clear gold Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
iiGloria
In the Japanese tongue of the mind's eye one two syllable word tells of the fringe of rain clinging to the eaves and of the grey-green fronds of wild parsley.
Innocent decision: to enjoy.
Intricate and untraceable
It's when we face for a moment Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
Let me be at the place of the castle. Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
Long after you have swung back
My wedding-ring lies in a basket Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
Not the moon. A flower
O Eros, silently smiling one, hear me.
Rain-diamonds, this winter morning, embellish the tangle of unpruned pear-tree twigs; each solitaire, placed, it appearrs, with considered judgement, bears the light beneath the rifted clouds -- the indivisible shared out in endless abundance.
Rose Red's hair is brown as fur
Since I stroll in the woods more often
Some people, Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 63 Comments
Something is very gently,
That dog with daisies for eyes
The ache of marriage:
The fire in leaf and grass Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
The Rav Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
The tree of knowledge was the tree of reason.
There's in my mind a woman
This is the year the old ones, Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
This wild night, gathering the washing as if it were flowers animal vines twisting over the line and
Those groans men use Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 2 Comments
Turn from that road's beguiling ease; return
Two girls discover Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
We live our lives of human passions, Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 15 Comments
What is green in me
When I found the door Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 56 Comments
White dawn. Stillness.When the rippling began Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
"Adam, where are you?"


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