Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov (lĕv´ərtôf´), 1923–97, Anglo-American poet, b. Ilford, England. Educated in England, she came to the United States in 1948. Her spare, emotional poems hint at an intuitive order behind the apparent chaos in modern life. Her later work is marked by an awareness of issues concerning women. Collections of her poetry include The Double Image (1946), Here and Now (1957), The Sorrow Dance (1967), Relearning the Alphabet (1970), Footprints: Poems (1972), Oblique Players (1984), and A Door in the Hive (1989). An essayist and translator, she also was a political activist.

See biographies by D. Greene (2012) and D. Hollenberg (2013); studies by L. Wagner (1967) and H. Marten (1989).

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Interview with Denise Levertov
Block, Ed, Jr.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1-2, Fall 1997
A Door in the Hive
Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1989
Oblique Prayers: New Poems with 14 Translations from Jean Joubert
Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1984
Poems 1968-1972
Denise Levertov.
New Directions Pub. Corp., 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Relearning the Alphabet" begins on p. 1, and "Footprints" begins on p. 193
Mysterious Music: Rhythm and Free Verse
G. Burns Cooper.
Stanford University, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Denise Levertov, Southern British English, and Parallelism" begins on p. 166
Presence, Silence and the Holy in Denise Levertov's Poems (1)
Dougherty, James.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 58, No. 4, Summer 2006
Denise Levertov: Testimonies of the Lived Life
Lacey, Paul A.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 53, No. 4, Summer 2001
Denise Levertov and the Poetry of Incarnation
Lynch, Denise E.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1-2, Fall 1997
"Obscure Directions": Interpreting Denise Levertov's Ambivalence about Ezra Pound
Hollenberg, Donna Krolik.
Biography, Vol. 27, No. 4, Fall 2004
Musing of Nature: The Mysteries of Contemplation and the Sources of Myth in Denise Levertov's Poetry
Herrera, Jose Rodriguez.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1-2, Fall 1997
Sands of the Well
Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1996
Tesserae: Memories & Suppositions
Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1995
This Great Unknowing: Last Poems
Denise Levertov.
New Directions, 1999
The Letters of Denise Levertov and William Carlos Williams
Christopher MacGowan; Denise Levertov; William Carlos Williams.
New Directions, 1998
Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Mary R. Reichardt.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Denise Levertov (1923-1997)" begins on p. 220
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