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Denise Levertov

Дата рождения: 24. Октябрь 1923
Дата смерти: 20. Декабрь 1997

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Priscilla Denise Levertov was an American poet.

Цитаты Denise Levertov

„He must return,
first, in Divine patience, and know
hunger again, and give
to humble friends the joy
of giving Him food — fish and a honeycomb.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: All these He will swiftly lead to the Paradise road: they are safe. That done, there must take place that struggle no human presumes to picture: living, dying, descending to rescue the just from shadow, were lesser travails than this: to break through earth and stone of the faithless world back to the cold sepulcher, tearstained stifling shroud; to break from them back into breath and heartbeat, and walk the world again, closed into days and weeks again, wounds of His anguish open, and Spirit streaming through every cell of flesh so that if mortal sight could bear to perceive it, it would be seen His mortal flesh was lit from within, now, and aching for home. He must return, first, in Divine patience, and know hunger again, and give to humble friends the joy of giving Him food — fish and a honeycomb.

„Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry from its very beginnings. Because it is a matter of which I am conscious, it is possible, however imprecisely, to call it an intellectual position; but it is one which emphasizes the incapacity of reason alone (much though I delight in elegant logic) to comprehend experience, and considers Imagination the chief of human faculties. It must therefore be by the exercise of that faculty that one moves toward faith, and possibly by its failure that one rejects it as delusion. Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument. Where Wallace Stevens says, "God and the imagination are one," I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God. A Poets View (1984)

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„Delivered out of raw continual pain,
smell of darkness, groans of those others
to whom he was chained —“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Delivered out of raw continual pain, smell of darkness, groans of those others to whom he was chained — unchained, and led past the sleepers, door after door silently opening — out! St. Peter and the Angel

„To leave the open fields
and enter the forest, that was the rite.
Knowing there was mystery, they could go.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: To leave the open fields and enter the forest, that was the rite. Knowing there was mystery, they could go. Go back now! And he receded among the multitude of forms, the twists and shadows they saw now, listening to the hum of the world's wood. "The Novices" (1960)

„Then as he sang
it was no longer sounds only that made the music:
he spoke, and as no tree listens I listened“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Then as he sang it was no longer sounds only that made the music: he spoke, and as no tree listens I listened, and language came into my roots out of the earth, into my bark out of the air, into the pores of my greenest shoots gently as dew and there was no word he sang but I knew its meaning.

„I was the first to see him, for I grew
out on the pasture slope, beyond the forest.
He was a man, it seemed. . .“

— Denise Levertov
Context: I was the first to see him, for I grew out on the pasture slope, beyond the forest. He was a man, it seemed...

„We have stood here since,
in our new life.
We have waited.
He does not return.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: By dawn he was gone. We have stood here since, in our new life. We have waited. He does not return.

„The wind, the birds,
do not sound poorer but clearer,
recalling our agony, and the way we danced.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: The wind, the birds, do not sound poorer but clearer, recalling our agony, and the way we danced.

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„And I
in terror
but not in doubt of
what I must do
in anguish, in haste,
wrenched from the earth root after root,
the soil heaving and cracking, the moss tearing asunder —“

— Denise Levertov
Context: And I in terror but not in doubt of what I must do in anguish, in haste, wrenched from the earth root after root, the soil heaving and cracking, the moss tearing asunder — and behind me the others: my brothers forgotten since dawn. In the forest they too had heard, and were pulling their roots in pain out of a thousand years' layers of dead leaves, rolling the rocks away, breaking themselves out of their depths.

„I love them
for finding what
I can't find, and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it“

— Denise Levertov
Context: I love them for finding what I can't find, and for loving me for the line I wrote, and for forgetting it so that a thousand times, till death finds them, they may discover it again, in other lines in other happenings. And for wanting to know it, for assuming there is such a secret, yes, for that most of all.

„I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock. Statement on poetics in The New American Poetry (1960) edited by Donald Allen

„In the forest
they too had heard,
and were pulling their roots in pain
out of a thousand years' layers of dead leaves,
rolling the rocks away,
breaking themselves
out of
their depths.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: And I in terror but not in doubt of what I must do in anguish, in haste, wrenched from the earth root after root, the soil heaving and cracking, the moss tearing asunder — and behind me the others: my brothers forgotten since dawn. In the forest they too had heard, and were pulling their roots in pain out of a thousand years' layers of dead leaves, rolling the rocks away, breaking themselves out of their depths.

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„Leaps of nerve, heart —
cries of communion: if there is bliss,
it has
been already
and will be; out-
reaching, utterly.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Leaps of nerve, heart — cries of communion: if there is bliss, it has been already and will be; out- reaching, utterly. Blind to itself, flooded with otherness.

„I like to find
what's not found
at once, but lies within something of another nature,
in repose, distinct.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: I like to find what's not found at once, but lies within something of another nature, in repose, distinct. Pleasures

„Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry from its very beginnings.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry from its very beginnings. Because it is a matter of which I am conscious, it is possible, however imprecisely, to call it an intellectual position; but it is one which emphasizes the incapacity of reason alone (much though I delight in elegant logic) to comprehend experience, and considers Imagination the chief of human faculties. It must therefore be by the exercise of that faculty that one moves toward faith, and possibly by its failure that one rejects it as delusion. Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument. Where Wallace Stevens says, "God and the imagination are one," I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God. A Poets View (1984)

„He told of journeys,
of where sun and moon go while we stand in dark,
of an earth-journey he dreamed he would take some day
deeper than roots ...“

— Denise Levertov
Context: He told of journeys, of where sun and moon go while we stand in dark, of an earth-journey he dreamed he would take some day deeper than roots... He told of the dreams of man, wars, passions, griefs, and I, a tree, understood words – ah, it seemed my thick bark would split like a sapling's that grew too fast in the spring when a late frost wounds it.

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