The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes
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The Stream and the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes

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Conceived as a convenience to those readers who are themselves concerned with doubt and faith. The Stream & The Sapphire presents a compact thematic grouping of thirty-eight poems, originally published in seven separate volumes. The earliest poem here dates from 1978, and though the sequence is not wholly chronological, "it does, " as Denise Levertov remarks in her bri...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 17th 1997 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Sarah Elizabeth
Read for one of my college seminars. . . Levertov is an impressive and moving poem. Much more personal and relatable than Merton or Milosz were; but at the same time, she doesn't try to explain any point of faith. The power of her writing lies in the fact that reader can understand immediately what her faith means and come to a stronger faith themselves-- the reader and author can fully understand each other-- but the author never really explains much. Sometimes, a single word is enough for her...more
Randy Cauthen
I love a lot of Levertov's stuff, of course -- but I had to drag myself through this.
It's not that the poems are religious, it's that they're devotional. She should have kept 'em between herself and The Lord.
In some of them you can hear her earlier music -- "The Tide," "To Live in the Mercy of God." Not many, though.
Amy Sawyer
I think I am supposed to like Denise Levertov. This is the second book of hers I have read and so far she isn't doing it for me. I haven't given up on her yet. But I really hoped to like this one, and I like some of the poems here but didn't feel all tingly reading it like I do with poetry that wins me over.
Jun 06, 2008 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Levertov incorporates Christian themes into these beautifully constructed poems.
Matt Woodle
Fantastic book of Levertov's "religious" poems.
Dec 05, 2007 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians who don't understand drug users
in this book the former beatnik outs her faith
This book is to be savored!
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Denise Levertov was born in Ilford, Essex, England. Her mother, Beatrice Spooner-Jones Levertoff, was Welsh. Her father, Paul Levertoff, immigrated to England from Germany, was a Russian Hassidic Jew who, after converting to Christianity, became an Anglican parson. At the age of 12, she sent some of her poems to T. S. Eliot, who replied with a two-page letter of encouragement. In 1940, when she wa...more
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