Denise Levertov was a British-born American poet.
Born in Ilford, Essex, England, her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff, was Welsh. Her father, Paul Levertoff, immigrated to England from Germany, was a Russian Hassidic Safardic Jew who became an Anglican priest. While being educated at home, Levertov showed an enthusiasm for writing from an early age. When she was five years old, she said later in life, she declared she would be a writer. At the age of 12, she sent some of her poems to T. S. Eliot, who replied with a two-page letter of encouragement. In 1940, when she was 17, Levertov published her first poem.
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- What Were They Like?
- Bearing the Light
- Adam's Complaint
- The Secret
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- Everything That Acts Is Actual
- An Embroidery
- Variation on a Theme by Rilke
- Grey Sparrow Addresses the Mind's Ear
- Hymn To Eros
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''putting his hope in certain death, loweringDenise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Ce bruit de la mer . . ....."
his head again to the grass.''
''Let the space under the first storey be dark, let the waterDenise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Psalm Concerning the Castle."
lap the stone posts, and vivid green slime glimmer
upon them; let a boat be kept there.''
''imageDenise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Ripple."
of water, a brightness
not gold, not silver,
as if with laughter.''
That sound, everywhere about us, of the seaDenise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Ce bruit de la mer . . ....."
the tree among its tresses has always heard it,
and the horse dips his black body in the sound
stretching his neck as if towards ...
''Let me be at the place of the castle.Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Psalm Concerning the Castle."
Let the castle be within me.''
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