The extraordinary thing about Miss Bishop is that she is both a public and a private poet, or perhaps her poetry by its very existence renders obsolete these two after all artificial distinctions (artificial insofar as poetry is concerned). The private self--the quirkiness, the rightness of vision, the special sights and events (a moose, a filling station) that have intrigued Miss Bishop to the point of poetry--melts imperceptibly into the larger utterance, the grandeur of poetry, which, because it remains rooted in everyday particulars, never sounds 'grand,' but is as quietly convincing as everyday speech. (John Ashbery)
Through masterful fusions of metaphor, Bishop creates a new world and resolves and dissolves its differences in the dazzling dialectic of her vision. (Jane Shore, Ploughshares)
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She traveled widely as an adult, living for years in France and then Brazil, before returning to the United States.
Most cultures have a type of religion that they feel nourishes them spiritually and the Igbo people are no exception. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by gelica215
"Geography III" was Elizabeth Bishop's final volume of poetry, and it was published only a few years before her death. Read morePublished on February 13, 2007 by EA Solinas