New and Selected Essays of Denise Levertov

ISBN-10: 0811212181
ISBN-13: 9780811212182
Edition: N/A
Authors: Denise Levertov
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/17/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"Denise Levertov's New & Selected Essays gathers three decades' worth of the poet's most important critical statements. Her subjects are various - poetics, the imagination, politics, spirituality, other writers - and her approach independent minded and richly complex. Here in a single volume are recent essays exploring new ground broken by Levertov in the past decade as well as the finest and most useful prose pieces from The Poet in the World (1973) and Light Up the Cave (1981). With their combination of sensitivity and practicality, the New & Selected Essays will prove enormously helpful to the writer and reader of poetry. As Kirkus Reviews remarked about her prose: "This is humanism in its true sense - her attitude as evidenced (not described) by her writing is such that the reader cannot help but experience life, at least temporarily, with more intensity, joy, and imagination.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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 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.

Some Affinities of Content
On Williams' Triadic Line
Williams and the Duende
The Ideas in the Things
Williams and Eliot
Some Notes on Organic Form
On the Need for New Terms
On the Function of the Line
Linebreaks, Stanza-Spaces, and the Inner Voice
Technique and Tune-up
Genre and Gender v. Serving an Art
"News That Stays News"
Horses with Wings
Great Possessions
The Poet in the World
Paradox and Equilibrium
Poetry, Prophecy, Survival
Poetry and Peace: Some Broader Dimensions
Biography and the Poet
Anne Sexton: Light Up the Cave
Some Duncan Letters-A Memoir and a Critical Tribute
Rilke as Mentor
A Poet's View
Work That Enfaiths
An Autobiographical Sketch
Acknowledgments

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