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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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8259 The Ache Of Marriage
7846 Talking to Grief
6681 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 96 Comments
6417 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
6206 To the Snake
5987 In Mind
5347 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5213 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 67 Comments
5102 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4998 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4981 The Breathing
4851 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4566 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 25 Comments
4101 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3682 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
3657 Looking, Walking, Being
3637 Celebration
3570 Seeing For A Moment
3380 Contraband
3297 Pleasures
3276 To the Reader
3154 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3072 St. Peter and the Angel
3064 Bearing the Light
2966 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
2956 The Garden Wall
2956 The Quest
2875 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
2668 Hymn To Eros
2626 The Métier of Blossoming
2599 From the Roof
2588 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 12 Comments
2551 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2517 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2496 Zeroing In
2428 The Well
2334 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2311 Triple Feature
2288 The Elves
2248 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1786 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 126 Comments
1443 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1123 An Embroidery
968 Web
577 The Thread
490 Intrusion
422 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
408 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 31 Comments
346 Losing Track
333 The Rainwalkers
305 The Great Black Heron
264 Stepping Westward
239 Wanting The Moon
211 The Dog of Art
69 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
13 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell


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