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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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8083 The Ache Of Marriage
7691 Talking to Grief
6424 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 92 Comments
6240 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
6132 To the Snake
5947 In Mind
5204 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5100 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 66 Comments
5045 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4897 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4848 The Breathing
4653 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4440 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 25 Comments
4018 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3595 Looking, Walking, Being
3573 Celebration
3535 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
3523 Seeing For A Moment
3307 Contraband
3210 To the Reader
3196 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 27 Comments
3181 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
3142 Pleasures
3054 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
3021 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3018 St. Peter and the Angel
2922 Bearing the Light
2912 The Garden Wall
2837 The Quest
2680 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 7 Comments
2636 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
2582 Hymn To Eros
2574 The Métier of Blossoming
2545 From the Roof
2521 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 12 Comments
2465 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2445 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2396 Zeroing In
2370 The Well
2284 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2261 Triple Feature
2243 The Elves
2122 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1716 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 126 Comments
1367 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1011 An Embroidery
889 Web
520 The Thread
431 Intrusion
334 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
268 Losing Track
248 The Great Black Heron
239 The Rainwalkers
206 Stepping Westward
187 Wanting The Moon
68 The Dog of Art


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