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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
7618 The Ache Of Marriage
7114 Talking to Grief
5803 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 75 Comments
5690 To the Snake
5676 In Mind
5461 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5278 Losing Track
4939 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4805 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4688 Wanting The Moon
4663 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
4590 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 62 Comments
4443 The Breathing
4419 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4149 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3938 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 20 Comments
3591 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3269 Looking, Walking, Being
3234 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
3221 Celebration
3218 Seeing For A Moment
3208 The Rainwalkers
2971 Contraband
2903 To the Reader
2873 The Dog of Art
2835 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2794 Pleasures
2761 St. Peter and the Angel
2712 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2620 The Garden Wall
2580 The Quest
2552 Bearing the Light
2545 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2510 An Embroidery
2416 The Great Black Heron
2328 Hymn To Eros
2315 From the Roof
2276 The Métier of Blossoming
2253 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
2209 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2144 Zeroing In
2095 The Well
2020 Triple Feature
1994 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1964 The Elves
1894 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1867 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 6 Comments
1600 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
1548 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1533 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
1066 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 117 Comments
910 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
503 Web
249 The Thread
173 Intrusion
15 Stepping Westward


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