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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
7505 The Ache Of Marriage
7013 Talking to Grief
5697 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 72 Comments
5607 To the Snake
5604 In Mind
5327 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5229 Losing Track
4890 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4757 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4625 Wanting The Moon
4578 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4526 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 60 Comments
4386 The Breathing
4340 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4075 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3882 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 20 Comments
3798 Stepping Westward
3471 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3210 Looking, Walking, Being
3188 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
3178 Seeing For A Moment
3134 Celebration
3129 The Rainwalkers
2905 Contraband
2852 To the Reader
2831 The Dog of Art
2776 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2747 Pleasures
2719 St. Peter and the Angel
2650 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2563 The Garden Wall
2535 The Quest
2513 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2385 Bearing the Light
2351 The Great Black Heron
2342 An Embroidery
2290 Hymn To Eros
2274 From the Roof
2230 The Métier of Blossoming
2199 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
2152 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2096 Zeroing In
2039 The Well
1977 Triple Feature
1952 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1923 The Elves
1842 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1687 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 6 Comments
1420 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1345 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
1251 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
960 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 116 Comments
790 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
440 Web
185 The Thread
115 Intrusion


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