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Denise LevertovA Poet's Life$
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Dana Greene

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037108

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037108.001.0001

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The Making of a Poet

The Making of a Poet


(p.50) 3 The Making of a Poet
Denise Levertov

Dana Greene

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details events in the life of Denise Levertov from 1956 to 1961. This period was filled not only with cares of family life but the opportunity to acclimate herself in America and to hone her craft. After the publication of The Double Image, Levertov episodically wrote poems for a number of small magazines, but beginning in the mid-1950s a torrent of writing poured forth. Within six years she published Here and Now (1956), Overland to the Islands (1958), With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads (1960), and The Jacob's Ladder (1961). This productivity led to her being lauded as one of the “new American poets.” She had talent and tenacity, but she also had access to mentors and abundant good fortune.

Keywords:   Denise Levertov, women poets, poetry, Here and Now, Overland to the Islands, With Eyes at the Back of Our Heads, The Jacob's Ladder

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