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Geography III: Poems (FSG Classics) Paperback – March 18, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0374530655 ISBN-10: 0374530653 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: FSG Classics
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374530653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374530655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

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.

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By Ron Berube on August 26, 2013
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It's a basic modernist text. Classic poems. If you're seriously interested in those, you should have this. The copy I rec'd was in pristine condition.
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By Wenli Yang on October 26, 2014
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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"Geography III" was Elizabeth Bishop's final volume of poetry, and it was published only a few years before her death. Sadly this is not her best work, but it's still a vivid, colourful collection of poetry, which focuses on little interactions and striking memories.

It opens with Bishop reminiscing about a dental appointment as a child, and how she read National Geographic to keep herself amused. But these mundane things fall away as Bishop is hit by the shocking quality of the world: "I said to myself: three days/and you'll be seven days old./I was saying it to stop/the sensation of falling off/the round turning world..."

The poems that follow are just as locked in Bishop's own world: her tiny island with its fifty-two volcanoes, poisonous cities, a New Brunswick bus' passengers spotting a moose, a beloved town full of familiar things, a warrior's perspective on an ashtray, a late winter walk on the beach, and about how "the art of losing isn't hard to master."

Very suitably, "Geography III" feels like a last collection of poetry. Many of the poems are reflective of her own dreams and thoughts, and of her childhood in Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. No looking around in this one, only back -- and in a way, that means the zest is gone from her poetry.

Bishop is still very vivid and observant, describing the red silt and clapboard houses of Canada, the enormity of small things for a little kid, or the "tiny volcanoes" on her tiny island. Some are rambling descriptions of her daily life ("The rackety, icy, offshore wind/numbed our faces on one side/disrupted the formation/of a lone flight of Canada geese..."), given a poignant beauty.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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This book has some very high quality poems. Although all of them are not prize winners, Bishop uses incredible imagery, wording, and rythm to create her piece. I believe that more of Bishop's work should be included in the classic poetry curiculum.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gelica215 on May 21, 2013
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Most cultures have a type of religion that they feel nourishes them spiritually and the Igbo people are no exception. The Igbo culture revolves around many different Gods and Goddesses that all are in charge of different aspects such as Yams, forgiveness, and the New Year. So when people arrive to the Ibgo culture with this idea of Christianity, where there is only one God, things becomes a little chaotic.

Okonkwo, like many others apart of the Igbo culture are completely against Christianity. Instead of wasting time arguing with the Christians the Igbo people let the Christians build their church in the "Evil Forrest" in hopes that the Igbo Gods will kill the Christians as punishment. Although the Igbo people may not have noticed, but if the Christians were in fact killed, it would reenforce the idea that the Igbo Gods and Goddess are real and the Christian God is not real.
Once something is done for so long, and is engraved in a culture, such as this religion, someone coming along and saying " your Gods are not real" is very upsetting. It would be extremely difficult to convert a majority of the Igbo tribe because their religion is a major part of their culture- holidays are dedicated to Gods, weather is dedicated to gods, farming the most important good, yams, even has a goddess so as you can see someone telling a tribe they have been wrong for many years was upsetting.

On the other hand some of the Igbo culture became intrigued by Christianity. "There was a young lady who had been captivated" by this new religion, her name is Nwoye. This lady has had bad luck following the Igbo faith and probably feels Christianity is a way for a new beginning.
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