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Elizabeth Bishop

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Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970. Elizabeth Bishop House is an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia dedicated to her memory. She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.

Early Years

Elizabeth Bishop, an only child, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. After her father, a successful builder, died when she was eight months old, Bishop’s mother became mentally ill and was institutionalized in 1916. (Bishop wrote about the time of her ... more »

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  • All my life I have lived and behaved very much like [the] sandpiper—just running down the edges of different countries and continents, "looking for something" ... having spent most of my life tim...
    Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet; relocated to Brazil. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980). A native of Worces...
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  • ''“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so Im sure its a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ” ''
    Elizabeth Bishop
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  • “Close, close all night
    the lovers keep.
    They turn together
    in their sleep,

    Close as two pages
    in a book
    that read each other
    in the dark. Elizabeth Bishop, Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments
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  • ''“Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too?” ''
    Elizabeth Bishop, Questions of Travel
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  • ''“I was made at right angles to the world and I see it so. I can only see it so.” ''
    Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
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  • AJ KIRKPATRICK (11/12/2018 11:10:00 AM)

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  • justin (3/16/2018 12:49:00 PM)

    does anyone know which poems are from her book Geographies III

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Best Poem of Elizabeth Bishop


The state with the prettiest name,
the state that floats in brackish water,
held together by mangrave roots
that bear while living oysters in clusters,
and when dead strew white swamps with skeletons,
dotted as if bombarded, with green hummocks
like ancient cannon-balls sprouting grass.
The state full of long S-shaped birds, blue and white,
and unseen hysterical birds who rush up the scale
every time in a tantrum.
Tanagers embarrassed by their flashiness,
and pelicans whose delight it is to clown;
who coast for fun on the strong tidal currents
in and ...

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