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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
7341 The Ache Of Marriage
6760 Talking to Grief
5413 In Mind
5376 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 67 Comments
5334 To the Snake
5094 Losing Track
4924 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4771 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4632 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4428 Wanting The Moon
4318 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 56 Comments
4275 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 2 Comments
4227 The Breathing
4053 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3797 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3624 Stepping Westward
3612 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 17 Comments
3470 The Thread
3313 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3084 Looking, Walking, Being
3054 Seeing For A Moment
3052 Intrusion
3002 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
2997 Celebration
2935 The Rainwalkers
2764 Contraband
2744 To the Reader
2681 The Dog of Art
2648 Pleasures
2630 St. Peter and the Angel
2622 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2456 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2412 The Garden Wall
2400 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2396 The Quest
2274 Bearing the Light
2235 The Great Black Heron
2225 An Embroidery
2193 Hymn To Eros
2126 From the Roof
2075 The Métier of Blossoming
2061 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
2003 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
1967 Zeroing In
1949 The Well
1904 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
1846 Triple Feature
1835 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1818 The Elves
1733 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
996 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
807 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
712 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
512 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 109 Comments
473 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
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