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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
7313 The Ache Of Marriage
6735 Talking to Grief
5386 In Mind
5355 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 63 Comments
5306 To the Snake
5070 Losing Track
4889 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4755 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4618 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4412 Wanting The Moon
4301 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 56 Comments
4219 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 2 Comments
4212 The Breathing
4030 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3776 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3599 Stepping Westward
3592 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 15 Comments
3454 The Thread
3296 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3064 Looking, Walking, Being
3044 Seeing For A Moment
3036 Intrusion
2987 Celebration
2983 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2919 The Rainwalkers
2756 Contraband
2729 To the Reader
2664 The Dog of Art
2641 Pleasures
2617 St. Peter and the Angel
2610 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2432 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2398 The Garden Wall
2386 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2377 The Quest
2261 Bearing the Light
2225 The Great Black Heron
2214 An Embroidery
2182 Hymn To Eros
2112 From the Roof
2061 The Métier of Blossoming
2047 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
1989 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
1953 Zeroing In
1934 The Well
1833 Triple Feature
1820 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1812 The Elves
1745 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
1726 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
925 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
775 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
668 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
489 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 107 Comments
442 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
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