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Denise Levertov (1923–1997)

Autor(a) de Selected Poems

77+ Works 2,779 Membros 24 Críticas 14 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Essex, England, Denise Levertov became a U.S. citizen after her marriage to Mitchell Goodman, the writer who was indicted, with Benjamin Spock and the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, for his antiwar activities. She came to New York to live in 1948. Levertov acknowledges that her writing was mostrar mais influenced by William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, and Robert Duncan. After her first book, The Double Image (1946), was published in England in 1946, she did not produce another volume until 1957, when City Lights brought out Here and Now. In 1961 she was poetry editor for the Nation, and in 1965 she received the grant in literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her essays collected in The Poet in the World (1973) and Light Up the Cave are written with a penetrating intelligence. Winner of numerous awards and prizes, she is a poet of reverence and fierce moral drive. Denise Levertov died December 20, 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Portriat of Denise Levertov taken by Elsa Dorfman on Flagg St, Cambridge, MA

Obras por Denise Levertov

Selected Poems (1986) 213 exemplares
Breathing the Water (1987) 136 exemplares
This Great Unknowing (1999) 113 exemplares
Poems, 1960-1967 (1983) 110 exemplares
Poems 1968-1972 (1987) 110 exemplares
Collected Earlier Poems, 1940-1960 (1979) 108 exemplares
Sands of the Well (1996) 94 exemplares
In Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali (1967) — Joint Author — 86 exemplares
The Sorrow Dance: Poems (1966) 85 exemplares
Relearning the Alphabet (1656) 78 exemplares
Tesserae: Memories & Suppositions (1995) 74 exemplares
The Jacob's Ladder (1961) 74 exemplares
New & Selected Essays (1992) 70 exemplares
O Taste and See (1964) 68 exemplares
Door in the Hive (1656) 60 exemplares
Light Up the Cave (1981) 59 exemplares
Oblique Prayers (1984) 59 exemplares
Life in the Forest (1978) 59 exemplares
Candles in Babylon (1982) 56 exemplares
Footprints. (1971) 53 exemplares
Poems 1972-1982 (2001) 49 exemplares
To Stay Alive (1971) 47 exemplares
New Selected Poems (2003) 18 exemplares
Mary Randlett Landscapes (2007) 18 exemplares
Here and Now (1956) 10 exemplares
Seasons of Light (1988) 8 exemplares
Overland to the Islands (1958) 7 exemplares
The double image (1946) 4 exemplares
Denise Levertov (1994) 2 exemplares
Embroideries 2 exemplares
5 Poems 2 exemplares
A Wanderer's Daysong (1981) 2 exemplares
Modulations for solo voice (1977) 2 exemplares
Beyond the Field 1 exemplar
The Outsider 4 & 5 1 exemplar
Att leva : dikter om frihet (1994) 1 exemplar
Poems 1 exemplar
Daybreak 1 exemplar
Summer Poems/1969 1 exemplar
Window-Blind 1 exemplar
Feet (1997) 1 exemplar
Blue Africa 1 exemplar
Three poems 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,266 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 757 exemplares
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuidor — 399 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições385 exemplares
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contribuidor — 372 exemplares
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 358 exemplares
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contribuidor — 336 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 329 exemplares
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960) — Contribuidor — 319 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women (1996) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Where is Vietnam? American poets respond; an anthology of contemporary poems (1967) — Contribuidor, algumas edições33 exemplares
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, algumas edições19 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Fairy Poems (2023) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Poetry in Crystal (1963) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
EVERGREEN REVIEW: VOL. 3, NO. 9: SUMMER 1959 (1959) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Epitaphs for Lorine — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Peace or perish : a crisis anthology — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Seventh Street (1961) — Introdução — 4 exemplares
The Buffalo Sequence (1977) — Introdução, algumas edições2 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 109 No. 6, March 1967 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
In'hui, No.9 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



I rejoice to have found a poet I enjoy as much as I do Mary Oliver.
Treebeard_404 | 2 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |
Poems in this volume are about peacemaking from Vietnam to the death squads in El Salvador to the first Gulf War.
PendleHillLibrary | Oct 27, 2022 |
I find my first encounter with Denise Levertov somehow ordinary. As elusive as some of the poems are, chronologically arranged, some does not stir enough of anything to leave a mark. Though this also reflects deeply on a number of virtues and the sublimity of nature, its mysticism is not as personally transcendent as let's say Mary Oliver's whose works bower places for me despite my non-belief.

** "What patience a landscape has, like an old horse,
head down in its field.
Grey days,
air and fine rain cling, become one, hovering till at last,
languidly, rain relinquishes that embrace, consents
to fall. What patience a hill, a plain,
a band of woodland holding still, have, and the slow falling
of grey rain...Is it blind faith? Is it
merely a way to deeply rest? Is the horse
only resigned, or has it
some desireable knowledge, an enclosed meadow
quite other than its sodden field,
which patience is the key to? Has it already,
within itself, entered the sunwarmed shelter?"

(I very much loved Patience, Visitation Overflow, and Memory demands so much.)

As a collection I also struggle to associate it with anything which is one of my criteria in placing a poetry collection in high regard, some has softly torn a part of my soul: Szymborska's Here reminds me of the fragility of existence, O'Hara's Lunch Poems makes me fall in love with the city life again amidst the weight and demand, Neruda's The Captain's Verses (or any poetry collection of his) caresses me with sensuality and adoration whilst both Plath's Ariel: The Restored Edition (not the one rearranged by the notorious Ted Hughes!) and Bukowski's You Get So Alone At Times It Just Makes Sense let me taste the familiar grit, rawness, and dirt of living (and personal demons) every time. Nonetheless, when Levertov's poem is lucid and vivid it is a moment in itself. This does not shy me away with Levertov's works at all but rather determines me to find a collection of hers which will wholeheartedly speak to me.

Other noteworthy lines:

** "Perhaps through a lifetime what I've desired
has always been to return
to that endless giving and receiving, the wholeness
of that attention,
that once-in-a-lifetime
secret communion."

** "Westering sun a mist of gold
between solemnities of crowded vertical
poplar twigs. The mountain's
wester slow is touched
weightlessly with what will be, soon,
the afterglow."

** " [...] Nostalgia
comes if it must, but is not for borrowing.
I see, I know, the desecration, I taste
the degrading sickly bile of that knowledge —
but I did not witness flower or fruit,
a specific locus, an ancestral ground.
What I hold are the links the mind
forges between a vanished field of imagined trees
and their peers remembered, the shine
of stolen cherries, far off
in time and in place; and also by now perhaps
vanished, that field built over."
… (mais)
lethalmauve | 2 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2021 |
I got this collection because I was really floored by a poem from it, however upon rereading I couldn't place which poem it was. Levertov vacillates between metaphysical musing and relaying more concrete social realities and concerns. The space where these overlap captured my interest most, however there were not as many of these moments as I would've hoped for.
b.masonjudy | 2 outras críticas | Sep 5, 2020 |


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