Levertoff, Denise

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Born: Oct 24, 1923 AD
Died: 1997 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Poets, Writers


1923 - Born on October 24th in Ilford, Essex (now in Greater London), England. English-born American poet, essayist, and political activist who wrote deceptively matter-of-fact verse on both personal and political themes.

1946 - Her first volume of verse, The Double Image, was not very successful.

1947-1948 - She married the American writer Mitchell Goodman, moved with him to the United States.

1955 - Became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

1957-1959 - Levertov's first important poetry collection, Here and Now, was followed by Overland to the Islands, With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads, and several others.

1967-1975 - She opposed American involvement in the Vietnam War and was active in the War Resisters League, for whom she edited the collection Out of the War Shadow.

         - One of her finest volumes of poems, The Sorrow Dance, reflects her opposition to the war, while The Freeing of the Dust alternates antiwar poems with confessional poems about her personal life. Her subsequent volumes show a sympathy with Third World cultures and an involvement with feminism.

1981-1987 - Levertov's later efforts include essays and prose, as in The Poet in the World and the verse collections Candles in Babylon and Breathing the Water.

         - She taught at Stanford University.

1997 - Died on December 20th in Seattle, Washington.




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