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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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8217 The Ache Of Marriage
7764 Talking to Grief
6598 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 94 Comments
6335 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
6166 To the Snake
5962 In Mind
5246 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5173 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 67 Comments
5069 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4954 The Breathing
4938 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4732 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4495 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 25 Comments
4061 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3636 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
3623 Looking, Walking, Being
3601 Celebration
3542 Seeing For A Moment
3344 Contraband
3249 To the Reader
3223 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
3208 Pleasures
3065 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3043 St. Peter and the Angel
2986 Bearing the Light
2926 The Garden Wall
2875 The Quest
2826 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 23 Comments
2799 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
2637 Hymn To Eros
2597 The Métier of Blossoming
2569 From the Roof
2555 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 12 Comments
2493 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2492 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2455 Zeroing In
2399 The Well
2311 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
2287 Triple Feature
2263 The Elves
2164 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1750 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 126 Comments
1410 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1067 An Embroidery
926 Web
544 The Thread
458 Intrusion
382 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 9 Comments
312 Losing Track
285 The Rainwalkers
272 The Great Black Heron
251 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 28 Comments
235 Stepping Westward
208 Wanting The Moon
125 The Dog of Art
15 On a Theme by Thomas Merton


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