Denise Levertov

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

Intrusion - Poem by Denise Levertov

After I had cut off my hands
and grown new ones

something my former hands had longed for
came and asked to be rocked.

After my plucked out eyes
had withered, and new ones grown

something my former eyes had wept for
came asking to be pitied.


Comments about Intrusion by Denise Levertov

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (12/24/2017 10:39:00 PM)


    Some times, when one has to argue with one's own conscience, the innerseld ought to win over. Very much thought provoking. Thanks for sharing. x (Report) Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/24/2017 10:30:00 PM)


    Powerful poem, frank and free! This is an amazing read, at which I had enjoyed much, True mesmerizing and thought-provoking poem. CONGRATULATIONS to his family to be chosen as Poem Of The DAY. And my myriad points votes for Denise Levertov, how romantic is thy name! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (12/24/2017 5:43:00 AM)


    Psychoanalytical in nature, the poem speaks in favour of our innate originality.
    Artificiality doesn't last very long. Thanks.
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  • (12/24/2017 3:27:00 AM)


    The old is looking at the new with frank and friendly apology for the intrusion...........very insightful indeed.........
    very outstanding piece..........thanks for sharing
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/24/2017 2:16:00 AM)


    To be pitied! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/24/2017 1:54:00 AM)


    Such an interesting write by Denise Levertov👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2010 2:05:00 PM)


    Very strong. These lines make you think, partly because they leave just enough room for interpretation. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (4/9/2010 11:06:00 AM)


    Very strong passionate stanzas
    May be She...wanted to say,
    I no longer want to write
    So I cut my hand
    But my hand grew longer!
    Thus I must write
    With strong tune,
    Feelings enhanced!
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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