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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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8102 The Ache Of Marriage
7725 Talking to Grief
6503 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 94 Comments
6290 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
6148 To the Snake
5954 In Mind
5224 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5155 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 67 Comments
5058 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4922 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4868 The Breathing
4689 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4458 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 25 Comments
4036 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3620 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
3606 Looking, Walking, Being
3590 Celebration
3534 Seeing For A Moment
3326 Contraband
3228 To the Reader
3207 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
3177 Pleasures
3075 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
3047 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3027 St. Peter and the Angel
2954 Bearing the Light
2920 The Garden Wall
2853 The Quest
2763 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
2755 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
2601 Hymn To Eros
2590 The Métier of Blossoming
2560 From the Roof
2544 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 12 Comments
2476 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2474 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2433 Zeroing In
2380 The Well
2297 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2270 Triple Feature
2253 The Elves
2144 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1732 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 126 Comments
1393 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1037 An Embroidery
910 Web
531 The Thread
451 Intrusion
358 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
289 Losing Track
266 The Rainwalkers
265 The Great Black Heron
216 Stepping Westward
199 Wanting The Moon
117 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 28 Comments
93 The Dog of Art


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