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The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes
     

The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes

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by Denise Levertov
 

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Conceived as a convenience to those readers concerned with doubt and faith, Denise Levertov's 34 selected poems originally were published in seven separate volumes.
The poet presents a selection of thirty-four of her own poems culled from previously published volumes, tracing her movement from agnosticism to Christian faith and her oscillation from doubt to

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Conceived as a convenience to those readers concerned with doubt and faith, Denise Levertov's 34 selected poems originally were published in seven separate volumes.
The poet presents a selection of thirty-four of her own poems culled from previously published volumes, tracing her movement from agnosticism to Christian faith and her oscillation from doubt to affirmation along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213547
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
New Directions Paperbook, 844
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
708,656
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was a British born American poet. She wrote and published 20 books of poetry, criticism, translations. She also edited several anthologies. Among her many awards and honors, she received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Frost Medal, the Lenore Marshall Prize, the Lannan Award, a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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JenCM More than 1 year ago
Denise Levertov writes religious poetry through her spiritual doubts and struggles and invites us to wrestle with her. Her poetry is refreshingly accessible, her lines simple, but deep and artistically arranged. In several of this collection's poems, she reexamines Bible stories commonly told through flannel-board and sock puppets, drawing new understanding and life from them. My favorite is the triumphant humility found in "Poetics of Faith," in which Peter's overenthusiastic faith is rewarded, even though he did not successfully walk on water. This volume is very thin, which makes it fit perfectly into a coat pocket for a walk or rest unobtrusively on a bedside table. Trust me; you'll need it by you when one of her lines haunts you long after you've closed the book.