The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes

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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.
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213547
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: New Directions Paperbook, 844
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 287,194
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword by the Author
Human Being 3
Of Being 5
The Avowal 6
'The Holy One ...' 7
'I learned that her name was Proverb' 8
A Calvary Path 9
Candlemas 11
Angus Dei 12
Flickering Mind 15
On a Theme by Thomas Merton 17
Standoff 18
On the Mystery of the Incarnation 19
Variation on a Theme by Rilke 20
Psalm Fragments (Schnittke String Trio) 21
Suspended 24
The Tide 25
'In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being' 27
The Beginning of Wisdom 28
Altars 30
To Live in the Mercy of God 31
Primary Wonder 33
Poetics of Faith 37
St. Peter and the Angel 39
Caedmon 41
The Servant-Girl at Emmaus 43
Conversion of Brother Lawrence 45
Dom Helder Camara at the Nuclear Test Site 48
The Showings: Lady Julian of Norwich 50
Annunciation 59
On the Parables of the Mustard Seed 65
What the Figtree Said 67
A Heresy 69
Salvator Mundi: Via Crucis 73
On a Theme from Julian's Chapter XX 75
Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell 77
On Belief in the Physical Resurrection of Jesus 79
St. Thomas Didymus 81
Ascension 83
Notes 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Blackberry

    He sat sighing

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    An Accessible and Meditative Volume

    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.

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