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Bishop, Elizabeth,

1911–79, American poet, b. Worcester, Mass., grad. Vassar, 1934. During the 1950s and 60s she lived in Brazil, eventually returning to her native New England, where she taught at Harvard (1970–77). Her first volume of poetry, North and South (1946), was reprinted with additions as North and South—A Cold Spring (1955; Pulitzer Prize). Her poetic vision is penetrating and detached; her style is subtle yet conversational. Without straining for novelty, she finds symbolic significance in objects and events quietly observed and scrupulously described. Among her other works are Geography III (1976), Complete Poems (1979), and The Collected Prose (1984); several travel books, notably Questions of Travel (1965) and Brazil (1967); and Edgar Allan Poe & the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts and Fragments (2006). With Emanuel Brasil she edited An Anthology of Twentieth Century Brazilian Poetry (1972) and she also translated the works of several Brazilian poets.


See her Poems (2011) and Prose (2011); R. Giroux, ed., One Art: Letters (1994) and T. Travisano and S. Hamilton, ed., Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (2008); biographies by A. Stevenson (1966), B. C. Millier (1993), and G. Fountain and P. Brazeau (1994); C. L. Oliveira, Rare and Commonplace Flowers: The Story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares (2002); studies by R. D. Parker (1988), T. Travisano (1988), B. Costello (1991), L. Goldensohn (1992), C. Doreski (1993), S. McCabe (1994), M. M. Lombardi (1995), A. Colwell (1997), A. Stevenson (1998), X. Zhou (1999), P. Samuels (2010), and C. Toibin (2015).

Bishop, Elizabeth

(1911–79) poet, writer; born in Worcester, Mass. She graduated from Vassar College (B.A. 1934), traveled widely, was the Consultant in Poetry, Library of Congress (1949–50), spent many years in Brazil (1951–c. 1972), and taught at Harvard (1970–79). She is known for her meditative and personal poetry, as seen in the collection, North and South—A Cold Spring (1955).
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The impact of Elizabeth Bishops maternal loss on the symbolic order of her poetry is well established.
Elizabeth Bishop, One Art: Letters, Robert Giroux, ed.
Por lo pronto, el sello editorial Vaso Roto se prepara a poner en circulacion Palabras en el aire: La correspondencia completa de Elizabeth Bishop y Robert Lowell, casi mil paginas traducidas por Pura Lopez Colome y Juan Carlos Calvillo.
12) In her 1966 literary critical study titled Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Stevenson described Newfoundland in the 1930s as "a primitive, unknown region of North America" (43).
During her senior year Elizabeth Bishop met another young woman who was destined to become a lifelong friend, Marianne Moore, an already acclaimed poet.
Choose any page of "Emma Enters a Sentence" and start small, find, say, a simile: Emma considering Elizabeth Bishop lusting after love while "Miss Moore cooled like a pie on a sill.
Furious Elizabeth Bishop - given an MBE by The Queen last year for services to her community - claims a gaffe means around 60 families were not able to use the Tonyrefail East polling station at the bottom of her Capel Farm to vote in the local elections last Thursday.
La tambien autora de La Sibila de Cumas (1974), Litoral de tinta (1979), Arcanos (1996), Sudafrica; diario de un viaje (1988) y un estudio sobre la obra grafica de Francisco Toledo La mordedura de la risa (1995), entre otros libros, ha traducido a Serge, Michaux, Elizabeth Bishop y Michael Hamburger.
Oh, please," Elizabeth Bishop once told me, "Let's not talk about poetry.
Readers of the Renaissance lyric who hope to find its impulses alive and well in contemporary verse will be especially pleased with Anthony Hecht's "Sidney and the Sestina," which explores the literary history of this complex lyric form and its mastery by one of the great poets of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop.
Bromwich's acute perception of the psychic spaces of poems is matched by a sensitivity to the nuances of poetic relationship: the essay on Moore and Elizabeth Bishop traces not only the relationship of the letters in which Moore is in the role of mentor, but how the shaping of Bishop's poem 'Roosters' is charged with assimilations and rejections of that teaching.
Through it, I discovered three new poems - one by Elizabeth Bishop, about a hooked fish, which is full of metallic imagery, C S Lewis's On a Vulgar Error, perfect for a Luddite like me with its sharp commentary on modernity, and an exquisitely rendered little poem about a robin, called December, written by Bayley's wife, Iris Murdoch, many moons before she developed her Alzheimer's disease and all the more touching for that reason.

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