Elizabeth Bishop

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

The Moose


<i>For Grace Bulmer Bowers</i>


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  • Bronze Star - 2,377 Points Michael Morgan (5/21/2013 11:45:00 AM)

    This is one of the great poems of the century. Mood, vision, quaintly exotic locale, abundant sensory data, whimsy, historical accuracy, technical virtuosity, pacing- it's all there. Always interesting, never dull, length perfect, sonata- fact, diversion, back to fact, past-present-back to past form- what it's all about. It suggests the way the present must interrupt the past with its urgency, the Past recognizing itself as the preferred state. Awesome. MM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phil Child (12/22/2006 6:42:00 PM)

    This is my favourire poem. I suffer from mental illness and the coach journey seems to parallel my journey through my life. I am carried by events outside my control and witness events through a glass. Elizabeth describes normal events and makes them strange and ethereal and wonderful. This is how I experience life. For me, the Moose represents the essential, fecund, natural world which I and the passengers on the coach can only experience indirectly no matter how hard we may try or may yearn for a more direct experience of nature.
    This may not be a true or accurate reading of the poem. But this is what I take from it. This poem has been worth more than bibles to me. (Report) Reply

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