Denise Levertov Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Denise Levertov Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Denise Levertov published about six hundred poems. Despite this large number of works, her poems revolve around a few preoccupations and questions that continuously engaged her attention: the meaning of life, the issues of justice that have arisen in the twentieth century, and more personal concerns that have to do with friendships, family relationships, and immediate thoughts and feelings. Since the lyric poem captures a moment of intense feeling and thought (it is the most compressed form of literature), chronological analysis of Levertov’s work gives access to a record of the poet’s unfolding life. Levertov seems to have been uniquely placed in her family and time to inherit two great streams of lyric power—the Welsh gift...

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