Frasi di Denise Levertov

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Denise Levertov

Data di nascita: 24. Ottobre 1923
Data di morte: 20. Dicembre 1997

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Denise Levertov è stata una scrittrice e poetessa britannica naturalizzata statunitense.

Frasi Denise Levertov

„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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„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)

„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)

„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.

„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.

„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.

„Fire he sang,
that trees fear, and I, a tree, rejoiced in its flames.“

— Denise Levertov
Context: Fire he sang, that trees fear, and I, a tree, rejoiced in its flames. New buds broke forth from me though it was full summer. As though his lyre (now I knew its name) were both frost and fire, its chords flamed up to the crown of me. I was seed again. I was fern in the swamp. I was coal.

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„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

„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.

„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

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„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

„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...

„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)

„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.

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