Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

Adam's Complaint


Some people,
no matter what you give them,
still want the moon.
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  • John Evans-klock (3/3/2012 11:53:00 AM)

    Like Tennyson's Ulysses it throws down a challenge, but this time with wry skepticism of the urge for more, for the moon, for the roads. Adam's Complaint is located in primal imagery. Our hunger is recognized as inexplicable, our longings as ungrateful and impossible. But recognized, nonetheless, like the moon in the bottom of the well. (Report) Reply

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