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This Great Unknowing By Denise Levertov

This Great Unknowing

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Assembled from manuscripts found after her death, this is Denise Levertov's final book of poems.
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This Great Unknowing Summary

This Great Unknowing: Last Poems by Denise Levertov

When Denise Levertov died, she left behind forty finished poems, which now form her last book, This Great Unknowing. Although it could not be organised with the exquisite care she exerted on the many collections she published in her lifetime, the poems themselves shine with the artistry of a writer at the height of her powers.

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This Great Unknowing Reviews

What characterises Denise Levertov's poetry is an untiring creativity, a freshness and sense of urgency. She wrote lyrical, celebratory poems, and poems that found hard-hitting and appropriate imagery for the horrors of our time. Her work has a wide range, defying the notion that poets can be categorised as "nature poet" and "war poet". There is a consistent clarity in her voice and a spareness in her language. She was a mystical poet who wrote assertively of the spiritual, and a political poet who continued to find images to make us think. -- Cynthia Fuller * Independent *

About Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov (1923-97) was born in Essex, and educated at home by her father, a Russian Jewish immigrant, who became an Anglican priest, and by her Welsh mother. She sent her poems as a child to T S Eliot, who admired and encouraged her. In 1948, she emigrated to America, where she was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as 'the most subtly skilful poet of her generation, the most profound, the most modest, the most moving,' and during the following decades she became 'a poet who may just be the finest writing in English today' (Kirkus Reviews). Throughout her life, she worked also as a political activist, campaigning tirelessly for civil rights and environmental causes, and against the Vietnam War, the Bomb and US-backed regimes in Latin America.

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This Great Unknowing: Last Poems by Denise Levertov
Denise Levertov
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