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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
7452 The Ache Of Marriage
6943 Talking to Grief
5590 Adam's Complaint Comments and analysis of Adam's Complaint by Denise Levertov 71 Comments
5548 In Mind
5528 To the Snake
5226 The Avowal Comments and analysis of The Avowal by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
5198 Losing Track
4846 People at Night Comments and analysis of People at Night by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4721 In California During the Gulf War Comments and analysis of In California During the Gulf War by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4572 Wanting The Moon
4491 The Mutes Comments and analysis of The Mutes by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
4470 Aware Comments and analysis of Aware by Denise Levertov 58 Comments
4349 The Breathing
4265 On the Mystery of the Incarnation Comments and analysis of On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
4000 Illustrious Ancestors Comments and analysis of Illustrious Ancestors by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3794 Sojourns in the Parallel World Comments and analysis of Sojourns in the Parallel World by Denise Levertov 20 Comments
3756 Stepping Westward
3432 September 1961 Comments and analysis of September 1961 by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
3170 Looking, Walking, Being
3149 Seeing For A Moment
3138 Settling Comments and analysis of Settling by Denise Levertov 3 Comments
3101 Celebration
3076 The Rainwalkers
2870 Contraband
2820 To the Reader
2792 The Dog of Art
2723 Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell
2722 Pleasures
2698 St. Peter and the Angel
2605 Everything That Acts Is Actual Comments and analysis of Everything That Acts Is Actual by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
2514 The Garden Wall
2506 The Quest
2483 On a Theme by Thomas Merton
2355 Bearing the Light
2319 The Great Black Heron
2301 An Embroidery
2262 Hymn To Eros
2237 From the Roof
2185 The Métier of Blossoming
2154 Psalm Concerning the Castle Comments and analysis of Psalm Concerning the Castle by Denise Levertov 8 Comments
2116 An excerpt from "Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus"
2072 Zeroing In
2005 The Well
1952 Triple Feature
1920 Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
1889 The Elves
1813 The Sea's Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart...
1539 The Secret Comments and analysis of The Secret by Denise Levertov 6 Comments
1231 Variation On A Theme By Rilke Comments and analysis of Variation On A Theme By Rilke by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
1167 Living Comments and analysis of Living by Denise Levertov 5 Comments
873 Wedding-Ring Comments and analysis of Wedding-Ring by Denise Levertov 4 Comments
849 What Were They Like? Comments and analysis of What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov 114 Comments
675 A Tree Telling of Orpheus Comments and analysis of A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov 1 Comment
398 Web
138 The Thread
72 Intrusion


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