Denise Levertov | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John Simon

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Denise Levertov.
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Critical Essay by John Simon

Denise Levertov was well on her way to becoming a pleasant, minor British neo-romantic poet when an American had to come along, marry and transport her to San Francisco, and add to her already complex Judaeo-Celtic heritage the insalubrious atmosphere of the Bay Area's beatnikism: Mishna and Mabinogion, if you will; but then on to Zen and mishmash? So now, in her The Jacob's Ladder, behold verse like, "I hear / the tide turning. Last / eager wave over- / taken and pulled back / by moon-ache. The great knots / of moon-awake energy / far out."… On the whole, the poems in The Jacob's Ladder can be fair to middling, like the title poem,… or pretentious and lumpish, like "In Memory of Boris Pasternak."… Let it be noted also that Miss Levertov's...

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