Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Elizabeth Bishop Poems

41. Sandpiper 1/3/2003
42. Seascape 1/3/2003
43. Sestina 1/3/2003
44. Sleeping On The Ceiling 1/3/2003
45. Song For The Rainy Season 1/3/2003
46. Songs For A Colored Singer 1/3/2003
47. Sonnet 1/3/2003
48. Sonnet (1928) 1/13/2003
49. Sonnet (1979) 1/13/2003
50. Squatter's Children 1/3/2003
51. Strayed Crab 1/3/2003
52. Suicide Of A Moderate Dictator 2/7/2012
53. The Armadillo 1/3/2003
54. The Bight 1/3/2003
55. The Burglar Of Babylon 1/13/2003
56. The Colder The Air 1/13/2003
57. The End Of March 1/13/2003
58. The Fish 1/3/2003
59. The Imaginary Iceberg 1/13/2003
60. The Man-Moth 1/3/2003
61. The Map 1/3/2003
62. The Monument 1/3/2003
63. The Moose 1/3/2003
64. The Shampoo 1/3/2003
65. The Unbeliever 1/3/2003
66. The Weed 1/3/2003
67. To Be Written On The Mirror In Whitewash 1/3/2003
68. Trouvée 1/3/2003
69. View Of The Capitol From The Library Of Congress 1/3/2003
70. Visits To St Elizabeths 1/3/2003
71. While Someone Telephones 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Elizabeth Bishop

One Art

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ...

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Questions Of Travel

There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams
hurry too rapidly down to the sea,
and the pressure of so many clouds on the mountaintops
makes them spill over the sides in soft slow-motion,
turning to waterfalls under our very eyes.
--For if those streaks, those mile-long, shiny, tearstains,
aren't waterfalls yet,
in a quick age or so, as ages go here,
they probably will be.

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