New & Selected Essays

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New Directions Publishing, 1992 - Literary Collections - 266 pages
"Denise Levertov's New & Selected Essays gathers three decades' worth of the poet's most important critical statements. Her subjects are various - poetics, the imagination, politics, spirituality, other writers - and her approach independent minded and richly complex. Here in a single volume are recent essays exploring new ground broken by Levertov in the past decade as well as the finest and most useful prose pieces from The Poet in the World (1973) and Light Up the Cave (1981). With their combination of sensitivity and practicality, the New & Selected Essays will prove enormously helpful to the writer and reader of poetry. As Kirkus Reviews remarked about her prose: "This is humanism in its true sense - her attitude as evidenced (not described) by her writing is such that the reader cannot help but experience life, at least temporarily, with more intensity, joy, and imagination.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Some Affinities of Content
1
On Williams Triadic Line
22
The Ideas in the Things
44
Williams and Eliot
59
On the Need for New Terms
74
Linebreaks StanzaSpaces and the Inner Voice
88
Genre and Gender v Serving an Art
102
Great Possessions
120
Paradox and Equilibrium
139
Some Broader Dimensions
154
Biography and the Poet
172
Light Up the Cave
186
Rilke as Mentor
231
Work That Enfaiths
247
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
265
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About the author (1992)

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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