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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
7441 The Ache Of Marriage
6926 Talking to Grief
5556 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 69 Comments
5531 In Mind
5505 To the Snake
5192 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5180 Losing Track
4837 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4703 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4540 Wanting The Moon
4448 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 58 Comments
4447 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4329 The Breathing
4234 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3988 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3776 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 20 Comments
3745 Stepping Westward
3414 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3149 Looking, Walking, Being
3134 Seeing For A Moment
3117 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
3087 Celebration
3049 The Rainwalkers
2862 Contraband
2806 To the Reader
2782 The Dog of Art
2712 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2711 Pleasures
2687 St. Peter and the Angel
2587 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2500 The Garden Wall
2484 The Quest
2476 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2350 Bearing the Light
2305 The Great Black Heron
2287 An Embroidery
2252 Hymn To Eros
2224 From the Roof
2169 The Métier of Blossoming
2143 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
2109 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2051 Zeroing In
1996 The Well
1936 Triple Feature
1912 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1876 The Elves
1806 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1468 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 6 Comments
1172 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1112 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
829 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 114 Comments
775 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
635 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
375 Web
110 The Thread
40 Intrusion


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