Denise Levertov | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of Denise Levertov.
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When one puts pressure on postmodern poetics by asking questions about philosophical adequacy, one immediately confronts a powerful contradiction: considered as metaphysical or religious meditation, the poetry of the sixties seems to me highly sophisticated; it takes into account all the obvious secular objections to traditional religious thought and actually continues and extends the inquiries of philosophers as diverse as Heidegger, Whitehead, and Wittgenstein. This very success, however, makes it disappointing that the poetry fails so miserably in handling social and ethical issues. One cannot avoid asking why this is the case, and when he does he finds that at least one poet, Denise Levertov, has preceded his questions…. Miss Levertov has been one of the major voices of the new Denise Levertov 1923–Denise Levertov 1923– © 1984 Thomas Victorpoetry in the 1960s, and while not very original, she is often quite a good poet devoted to developing concrete moments in which...

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