The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry - Denise Levertov, Richard Hugo, Edgar Bowers, Carolyn Kizer, and Donald Justice Summary & Analysis

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Denise Levertov, Richard Hugo, Edgar Bowers, Carolyn Kizer, and Donald Justice Summary

Denise Levertov liked to write about what is true, whether it be from the external or internal world. Her focus on the inner experience could have been influenced by her Hasidic Russian rabbi father and mystic mother. She was strongly opinionated regarding political causes, although much of her work was an attempt to contrast the world's chaos with inner peace. Her themes include city life, sexual turmoil, domestic life, the threat of the natural world, and mythic ideas. The poems included in her section are "Clouds," "The Ache of Marriage," "Intrusion," "Seeing for a Moment," and "Prisoners."

Richard Hugo grew up and studied in Seattle under Theodore Roethke, the strongest influence on his work. He served as a bombardier in World War II...

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