Denise Levertov Essays

  • Analysis of Denise Levertov's A Time Past

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    Analysis of Denise Levertov's A Time Past In Denise Levertov's poem, "A Time Past," she focuses on an inanimate object that reminds her of a former love and her many feelings about their relationship and its termination.  In addition, she comments on other special people in her life and moments she spent with them.  Levertov seems to share her very real and personal feelings in this poem.  It is not totally clear whether or not she is reflecting on her life with her former husband, Mitchell

  • The Inspiration of Caedmon

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    The Inspiration of Caedmon The poem "Caedmon," written by Denise Levertov, enlists readers to learn more about God and creation and by doing so expands their understanding of the universe.  At one point or another in life, people go through stages where they have no inspiration and sometimes shrink back from something that they think is too complicated to achieve.  Therefore, they are limiting themselves and their undeveloped talents, much like Caedmon was before his sudden inspiration by

  • To the Snake by Denise Levertov

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    In the poem 'To the Snake'; the author Denise Levertov use several writing techniques to portray money and gambling. She uses syntax, sound imagery, color imagery, figurative language, and symbolism to represent money and gambling. Symbolism is used cleverly throughout the poem to depict a number of things that would take numerous readings to see. Throughout the poem the sentences are structured so that every other sentence is indented, with exception to the first two and the last four. In those

  • Artistic Voice

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    identity that you recognize when you read their work of art. The qualities and aspects of a text that give an author a distinct identity as an artist are known as their artistic voice. Denise Levertov and Anne Sexton both use different themes in their poetry that separate them from other poets. Denise Levertov writes about the unknown and the unsaid in life. Anne Sexton distinguishes herself by writing about her family, loves, and her emotional tragedies. Sandra Cisneros wrote a novel called

  • Poetry

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    rather the act of thought itself, the mind in action. The poem is not trying to be about something, it is trying to be something. It is trying to incorporate, to realize. Not ideas about the thing, writes Wallace Stevens, but the thing itself. As Denise Levertov has said, "The substance, the means, of an art, is am incarnation--not reference but phenomenon." This is of course what gives to poetry, to good poetry, a feeling of aliveness. Touch its body--the body of this particular "thinking" --and you

  • Eye Mask By Denise Levertov Analysis

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    Stuck in Your Mind, Stuck in Your Ways Denise Levertov’s “Eye Mask” describes the mechanisms in which an Eye Mask is used to assist life’s cycles of growth and identity. In this poem, the speaker represents the “dark” as an entity that will assist in her growth, instead of the light (10). This idea contradicts the connotation of darkness, as the word “dark” normally suggests growth being hindered, feelings of being alone, or even going through difficult times. The normal conventions of growth are

  • Analysis Of 'The Blue Rim Memory' By Denise Levertov

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    DENISE LEVERTOV: Research Paper Denise Levertov is the poet who wrote “The Blue Rim Memory” and “A Tree Telling of Orpheus,” in which she portrays a theme of morals and religious beliefs though post modernism, anachronism, and liberalism. Levertov was born in llford, United Kingdom and later moved to Massachusetts where she taught in universities such Brandeis University, MIT and Tufts University. Levertov wrote “The Blue Rim Memory” and “In the Land of Shinar” which brought

  • The West Virginia Coal Wars: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

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    Storming Heaven is Denise Giardina’s second and award winning novel, published in 1987. The historical novel is a fiction-based recount of the bitter labor conflict that took place in southern West Virginia during the early 1920s, otherwise known as the West Virginia Coal Wars. The author tells the story of the real conflict faced by miners through the eyes of four main characters, each from different walks of life, with their own different point of view. The story told about the real life hardship

  • Storming Heaven: the Land before Time

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    In the book Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina, education, and the lack there of, plays one of the largest roles in the character's lives. At this time in West Virginia, where the book is set, many children had to leave school and actually go into the coalmines, as Rondal Lloyd did, or work on the family farm. Racial ignorance is also a key element Giardina confronts in the novel. The characters, chief and secondary, equally cultural and racially bland, pass on their beliefs and therefore help

  • How the Trailer for The World Is Not Enough Makes Viewers Want to Watch the Film

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    How the Trailer for The World Is Not Enough Makes Viewers Want to Watch the Film James Bond films have always been popular, but producers still need to draw in new viewers. They do this in a variety of ways but the trailers are always the most important. In this essay I will be analysing the key points that make a successful trailer. In this Bond film, James must battle against Renerd, a man who feel physical pain due to a bullet in his head, when he decides to sabotage the construction

  • The Ache Of Marriage By Denise Levorthov Summary

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    Denise Levertov tries to explain the pain a marriage may experience in her poem, “The Ache of Marriage”. This pain, she claims, affects not only emotionally but physically as well. Levertov describes this pain as if the reader were reading her thoughts. Levertov's uses a non-conventional form that allows the central theme of pain that lies within a marriage and the overcoming that pain jumps straight off from the page. Levertov cleverly separates the poem into two parts. On one hand, Levertov

  • The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

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    Anita. The Red Tent. New York: Wyatt Book for St. Martin's, 1997. Print. King James Bible. Oxford: Oxford Univ., 2010. Print. Van Biema, David. "Mary Magdalene: Saint or Sinner?" Time Magazine. Time Magazine, 5 Aug. 2003. Web. 28 Sept. 2011. . Levertov, Denise. "What Were They Like?" All Poetry. Poetry Foundation, 20 Aug. 1996. Web. 28 Sept. 2011. .

  • Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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    questions everything from what it truly means to be a “man,” to what it means to tell a “true” war story. Many of the ideas O’Brien tries to imbibe on his readers are further explained in literature. More specifically, poetry. Poets Felix Pollak, Denise Levertov, and Yusef Komunyakaa all assimilate elements of O’Brien’s beliefs and views on war into their own work. As ironic as it may seem, O’Brien felt that he was a coward for going to war. Despite the preconceptions of bravery and violence being coexistent

  • The Meaning of Love

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    The Meaning of Love Love has many different meanings to different people. For a child, love is what he or she feels for his mommy and daddy. To teenage boy, love is what he should feel for his girlfriend of the moment, only because she says she loves him. But as we get older and "wiser," love becomes more and more confusing. Along with poets and philosophers, people have been trying to answer that age-old question for centuries: What is love? One definition of love in The Merriam-Webster

  • May Swenson's Unconscious Came a Beauty

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    middle of paper ... a butterfly, and the poet should take his or her newfound knowledge to write a poem. However, the butterfly must fly away because it is only the inspiration; the poet must write the poem. Works Cited Levertov, Denise. "Some Notes on Organic Form." The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Ed. Jahan Ramazani et al. 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2003. 2: 1082-1086. O'Hara, Frank. "The Day Lady Died." The Norton

  • Analyzing Denise Levertov's 'Talking To Grief'

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    The Best Friend “Talking to Grief,” by Denise Levertov approaches the topic of grief by using a homeless dog as the primary symbol in which we see the dog make the transition from acceptance to becoming a permanent household member. The theme of the poem is the welcoming and acceptance of grief and viewing it as a friend rather than an enemy. The narrator gets the point across that grief is a misunderstood companion and sometimes needs to be present for the sake of healing. “Ah, Grief, I should

  • Tattoos On The Heart Analysis

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    he decided that his life of crime should end. Leaving the drug trade Luis got a job at Homeboy Industries as a bakery supervisor. A quote by Denise Leverton fits this story well, “It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart” (Denise Levertov). Luis realized that he can't be the father and sell drugs so he worked to change his life by getting out of the drug business and getting an

  • Darkness In Denise Levertov's Eye Mask

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    In Denise Levertov’s Eye Mask, the dark acts as a source of comfort and life. The speaker thrives off of the darkness and is not ready for what light will bring. The text says that darkness is a source of comfort. The poem begins with the line, “In this dark I rest” (Levertov 1). The word rest is stopping movement to relax, to refresh, and to recover strength. The text implies that the speaker is able to relax and find strength within the dark. The connotation of rest suggests comfort; therefore

  • Contributions Of William Carlos Williams

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    names were tutored by William as well. “He personally mentored Theodore Roethke, and Charles Olson, who was instrumental in developing the poetry of the Black Mountain College and subsequently influenced many other poets. Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov, two other poets associated with Black Mountain, studied under Williams. Williams was friends with Kenneth Rexroth, the founder of the San Francisco Renaissance. A lecture Williams gave at Reed College was formative in inspiring three other important

  • George Bowering: The Ecological Concerns Of Canada

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    presence in the contemporary Canadian literary arena as a poet, critic, editor, theorist as well as novelist. Bowering’s poetic visions are influenced by the Black Mountain group of poets, viz., Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov. The literary movement was named so because of its association with Black Mountain College, North Carolina, during the early 1950s. Charles Olson, one of the major figures of the Black Mountain Group, advocates an open-ended form to liberate