Denise Levertov

Evangelia Sakelliou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
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Denise Levertov was a very accomplished poet whose sixty-year career included being a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her recognition is clear in the high praise she has received. According to Kenneth Rexroth, who published the 1949 anthology New British Poets, Levertov “more than anyone, led the redirection of American poetry [. . .] to the mainstream of world literature” (Fuller, Independent, Obituary). Joan Hallisey praised her as “one of the twentieth-century’s foremost American poets” (Modern American Poetry). In the Houston Chronicle and many other sources she is regarded as a major American poet (Obituary). “Denise Levertov is America’s foremost contemporary woman poet”, wrote Library Journal on the publication of Selected Poems in…

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Citation: Sakelliou, Evangelia. "Denise Levertov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 August 2010 [, accessed 07 December 2023.]

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