Denise Levertov

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

Ikon: The Harrowing Of Hell - Poem by Denise Levertov

Down through the tomb's inward arch
He has shouldered out into Limbo
to gather them, dazed, from dreamless slumber:
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Comments about Ikon: The Harrowing Of Hell by Denise Levertov

  • Susan Williams (12/22/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    This is the long dark day in which Jesus, having been crucified, descends to the dead in Hell to call them up to Heaven. The Bible doesn't give any details about how this took place but Levertov gives it a powerful try using powerful, elemental images about death and life, of spirit and flesh. (Report)Reply

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