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Denise Levertov

(b. 1923)


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(1923–97),

British–American poet, born in Ilford, Essex; she moved to America in 1948, where she became a central figure in the Black Mountain group, maintaining their Modernist aims in an unceasing flow of volumes from 1958 to 1996. Her search for the mystic and for ‘organic form’ led her to use free verse as she adressed family relationships, the natural world, and politics, notably the Vietnam War. The Sorrow Dance (1967) and Selected Poems (1986) contain some of her best work.

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