Denise Levertov Poems

Denise Levertov was an English poet who spent most of her life in the United States. She was the winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. She was influenced by the Black Mountain poets, specifically William Carlos Williams. 


by Denise Levertov

Levertov’s ‘Caedmon’ retells the story of that night when an Anglo-Saxon simpleton transformed into the most-famous name of Old English literature.

Swan in Falling Snow

by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s poem ‘Swan in Falling Snow’ is about a speaker’s discovery of a swan’s frozen body. His sad feeling for the creature is portrayed in this poem.

The Depths

by Denise Levertov

‘The Depths’ by Denise Levertov is a three-stanza work that uses contradictions and metaphor to express how multi-layered life can be.

The Poem Unwritten

by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s ‘The Poem Unwritten’ revolves around the extended metaphor for unconsummated love that is aptly portrayed in its very title. This piece fuses physicality with spiritual love.

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