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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
7842 The Ache Of Marriage
7366 Talking to Grief
6056 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 85 Comments
5885 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5870 To the Snake
5768 In Mind
5022 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4897 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4777 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 65 Comments
4648 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4581 The Breathing
4354 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4127 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 21 Comments
3772 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3388 Looking, Walking, Being
3359 Celebration
3357 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
3336 Seeing For A Moment
3128 Contraband
3016 The Dog of Art
3008 To the Reader
2964 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2946 Pleasures
2844 St. Peter and the Angel
2809 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2727 The Garden Wall
2688 Bearing the Light
2679 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2676 The Quest
2666 An Embroidery
2433 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 21 Comments
2426 Hymn To Eros
2396 From the Roof
2394 The Métier of Blossoming
2364 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 11 Comments
2292 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2239 Zeroing In
2208 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
2189 The Well
2104 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2096 Triple Feature
2070 The Elves
2063 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1982 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1980 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 18 Comments
1346 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 125 Comments
1126 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
670 Web
342 The Thread
273 Intrusion
108 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
49 The Great Black Heron
43 Losing Track
34 Stepping Westward
12 The Rainwalkers
7 Wanting The Moon


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