Elizabeth Bishop

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

Anaphora


Each day with so much ceremony
begins, with birds, with bells,
with whistles from a factory;
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Comments about this poem (Anaphora by Elizabeth Bishop )

  • Bronze Star - 2,475 Points Michael Morgan (10/19/2014 11:38:00 AM)

    traces ethereal life-journey from its beginning in limitless potential to its hard-scrapple comeuppance in reality, at day's end.. A rich and characteristically whimsical comment on the human condition. Equals Milton's translation of the Horace ode. Not so hard to memorize, either- always a good prognostic in a poem. Superb, and (maybe) under-appreciated. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,475 Points Michael Morgan (9/24/2013 10:41:00 PM)

    One of the greatest poems in the English language! . Avowedly non-political and imaginative. MM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points John Hardesty (7/2/2013 2:11:00 PM)

    I'm quite sure that poem wasn't Pulitzer material, though, rolls of boredom! I pass on this one! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Evon Christian (5/25/2007 2:42:00 PM)

    Anaphora, the name of this title is so rich and beautiful that I am certain few understand.
    An anaphora is a poetical device, if you will-a repetition of words, that creates a sentimentality towards those words.
    In this poem the anaphors are 'mortal' and 'endless', so please, reread this poem and pay special attention to those two words.
    Elizabeth Bishop was a beautiful genius, and this poem is a true example to that. (Report) Reply

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