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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
7882 The Ache Of Marriage
7445 Talking to Grief
6131 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 87 Comments
5947 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5929 To the Snake
5788 In Mind
5048 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4919 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4814 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 65 Comments
4681 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4632 The Breathing
4402 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4190 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
3830 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3434 Looking, Walking, Being
3412 Celebration
3383 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
3376 Seeing For A Moment
3145 Contraband
3067 The Dog of Art
3029 To the Reader
2995 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2975 Pleasures
2880 St. Peter and the Angel
2851 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2766 The Garden Wall
2735 Bearing the Light
2712 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2706 The Quest
2686 An Embroidery
2559 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
2446 Hymn To Eros
2442 From the Roof
2420 The Métier of Blossoming
2394 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 11 Comments
2315 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2297 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
2271 Zeroing In
2227 The Well
2144 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2138 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2129 Triple Feature
2115 The Elves
2106 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 22 Comments
1995 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1413 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 125 Comments
1165 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
726 Web
357 The Thread
293 Intrusion
170 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
91 The Great Black Heron
85 Losing Track
59 Stepping Westward
48 Wanting The Moon
39 The Rainwalkers


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