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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
7396 The Ache Of Marriage
6859 Talking to Grief
5480 In Mind
5479 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 68 Comments
5431 To the Snake
5152 Losing Track
5077 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4816 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4672 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4480 Wanting The Moon
4389 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 57 Comments
4344 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 2 Comments
4275 The Breathing
4152 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3912 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3695 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 19 Comments
3690 Stepping Westward
3370 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3116 Looking, Walking, Being
3105 Seeing For A Moment
3064 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
3055 Celebration
2996 The Rainwalkers
2815 Contraband
2779 To the Reader
2738 The Dog of Art
2686 Pleasures
2672 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2662 St. Peter and the Angel
2530 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2462 The Garden Wall
2443 The Quest
2438 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2316 Bearing the Light
2274 The Great Black Heron
2269 An Embroidery
2216 Hymn To Eros
2192 From the Roof
2132 The Métier of Blossoming
2116 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
2061 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2021 Zeroing In
1978 The Well
1889 Triple Feature
1885 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1846 The Elves
1774 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1281 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
981 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
942 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
612 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 110 Comments
557 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
384 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
284 Web
35 The Thread
3 Intrusion


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