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Biography of Philip Levine

Philip Levine

Philip Levine (1928 - Present)

Philip Levine was born in 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, where he was formally educated in the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs, he left the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the university there until his retirement. He has received many awards for his books of poems, most recently the National Book Award in 1991 for What Work Is, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth.


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94 Poems written by Philip Levine

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Page ViewsPoemComments
21591 You Can Have It Comments and analysis of You Can Have It by Philip Levine 26 Comments
11223 What Work Is Comments and analysis of What Work Is by Philip Levine 2 Comments
5963 Gin
4682 The Simple Truth
4602 Among Children
4021 A Woman Waking Comments and analysis of A Woman Waking by Philip Levine 11 Comments
3685 Night Words
3365 Detroit Grease Shop Poem
3244 Belle Isle, 1949
3108 Night Thoughts Over A Sick Child
3005 Then Comments and analysis of Then by Philip Levine 6 Comments
2861 Black Stone On Top Of Nothing Comments and analysis of Black Stone On Top Of Nothing by Philip Levine 8 Comments
2795 Making It Work
2677 Coming Close Comments and analysis of Coming Close by Philip Levine 9 Comments
2673 At Bessemer Comments and analysis of At Bessemer by Philip Levine 11 Comments
2664 A Theory Of Prosody Comments and analysis of A Theory Of Prosody by Philip Levine 1 Comment
2658 Holding On
2626 Heaven
2589 Father
2574 In The New Sun
2564 The Rains
2495 On The Murder Of Lieutenant Jose Del Castillo By The Falangist Bravo Martinez, July 12, 1936 Comments and analysis of On The Murder Of Lieutenant Jose Del Castillo By The Falangist Bravo Martinez, July 12, 1936 by Philip Levine 10 Comments
2467 The Mercy
2446 The Red Shirt Comments and analysis of The Red Shirt by Philip Levine 1 Comment
2436 Clouds
2375 Smoke Comments and analysis of Smoke by Philip Levine 9 Comments
2317 Any Night
2155 The End Of Your Life
2149 The Present
2094 The House
2070 Red Dust Comments and analysis of Red Dust by Philip Levine 208 Comments
2065 The Drunkard
2056 Call It Music Comments and analysis of Call It Music by Philip Levine 8 Comments
2055 Magpiety
2038 Passing Out
2021 Bitterness Comments and analysis of Bitterness by Philip Levine 6 Comments
2012 Songs
1991 House Of Silence
1975 Another Song Comments and analysis of Another Song by Philip Levine 2 Comments
1966 The Unknowable
1928 The Water's Chant
1910 Making Light Of It Comments and analysis of Making Light Of It by Philip Levine 9 Comments
1904 Premonition At Twilight
1890 How Much Earth
1881 Ode For Mrs. William Settle
1858 The Turning
1839 Clouds Above The Sea
1836 Holy Day
1806 The Dead
1803 The Helmet
1779 Berenda Slough Comments and analysis of Berenda Slough by Philip Levine 9 Comments
1778 Everything
1733 In A Vacant House Comments and analysis of In A Vacant House by Philip Levine 9 Comments
1729 Fist
1693 The Rat Of Faith
1640 My Fathers, The Baltic
1637 The Negatives
1624 I Sing The Body Electric
1622 For The Country
1619 The New World
1610 Where We Live Now
1595 Small Game
1589 Sierra Kid Comments and analysis of Sierra Kid by Philip Levine 7 Comments
1545 Something Has Fallen
1542 The Return
1496 Green Thumb
1488 Gangrene
1487 On The Meeting Of García Lorca And Hart Crane
1453 The Whole Soul
1392 In A Light Time
1386 Montjuich
558 A Sleepless Night
546 Animals Are Passing From Our Lives Comments and analysis of Animals Are Passing From Our Lives by Philip Levine 51 Comments
508 An Abandoned Factory, Detroit Comments and analysis of An Abandoned Factory, Detroit by Philip Levine 3 Comments
486 Picture Postcard From The Other World Comments and analysis of Picture Postcard From The Other World by Philip Levine 11 Comments
447 I Won, You Lost
427 They Feed They Lion Comments and analysis of They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine 39 Comments
359 Wisteria
342 The Grave Of The Kitchen Mouse
265 Last Words
258 M. Degas Teaches Art & Science At Durfee Intermediate School--Detroit, 1942 Comments and analysis of M. Degas Teaches Art & Science At Durfee Intermediate School--Detroit, 1942 by Philip Levine 29 Comments
183 Those Were The Days
140 Late Light
137 Late Moon
114 Voyages Comments and analysis of Voyages by Philip Levine 7 Comments
113 An Ending
112 Noon
100 Mad Day In March
83 Salts And Oils
15 Milkweed Comments and analysis of Milkweed by Philip Levine 1 Comment
13 Once
11 Told
10 The Distant Winter
10 Waking In March


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