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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
7987 The Ache Of Marriage
7564 Talking to Grief
6273 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 89 Comments
6071 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
6046 To the Snake
5878 In Mind
5112 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4980 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4936 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 65 Comments
4775 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4709 The Breathing
4499 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4289 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 25 Comments
3936 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3509 Looking, Walking, Being
3498 Celebration
3461 Seeing For A Moment
3433 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
3219 Contraband
3131 The Dog of Art
3106 To the Reader
3078 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
3047 Pleasures
2950 St. Peter and the Angel
2925 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2879 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2846 The Garden Wall
2821 Bearing the Light
2802 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 24 Comments
2772 The Quest
2508 Hymn To Eros
2498 The Métier of Blossoming
2495 From the Roof
2490 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
2466 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 11 Comments
2385 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2342 Zeroing In
2326 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 22 Comments
2298 The Well
2264 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2216 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2200 Triple Feature
2196 The Elves
2064 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1571 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 125 Comments
1261 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
932 An Embroidery
808 Web
442 The Thread
361 Intrusion
243 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
181 The Great Black Heron
164 Losing Track
133 Stepping Westward
125 Wanting The Moon
107 The Rainwalkers


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