Elizabeth Bishop

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Elizabeth Bishop Biography

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 mother's struggles in her short story "In The Village.") Effectively orphaned during her very early childhood ...

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Lisa Bray 24 April 2009

my moms grandparents was named bishop?

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James Mcgrath 27 July 2009

I personally love Bishop's work and find it hard to believe that others find it difficult to comprehend. She paints such a clear picture, creating the a link between herself and the reader. This is evident through her intense eye for detail. She is truly a wonderful poet of our time.

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Tim Martin 23 August 2009

Argh! Webmasters! ...please get that 'a' out of the last line of 'One Art' (right before 'disaster') . Incorrect, and ruins the poem!

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Linda Corrales 24 October 2005

I do not like her poem the fish. It is getting on my nerves because we have to write a paper on it and I am struggling.

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S B 06 May 2014

Though she is not as famous, she is a great poet in my perspective.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 November 2021

Congratulations beimng chosen as The Poet Of The Day. I am very happy, since EB is my favourite poetess when I was still studying Literature.

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Chowder Bot $ 21 October 2021

You take the moon and you take the moon and you take the moon and you take the moon

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Paul Amrod 29 November 2020

The poetry of this poetes is are gorgeous as the morning dew and inherent to the tradition of excellent poets born in Massachusetts.

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Lyzbeth 11 September 2020

I was wondering if Elizabeth Bishop had a middle name...nobody seems to know?

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Mahtab Bangalee 14 February 2019

Elizabeth Bishop indelible name in the WORLD LITERATURE

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The 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 ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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Elizabeth Bishop Quotes

11 November 2014

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 timorously seeking for subsistence along the coastlines of the world.

28 April 2016

“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. ”

28 April 2016

“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. Each knows all the other knows, learned by heart from head to toes.”

28 April 2016

“Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too?”

28 April 2016

“I was made at right angles to the world and I see it so. I can only see it so.”

28 April 2016

“Think of the long trip home. Should we have stayed home and thought of here? Where should we be today?”

28 April 2016

“Open the book. (The gilt rubs off the edges of the pages and pollinates the fingertips.)”

28 April 2016

“Time to plant tears, says the almanac. The grandmother sings to the marvelous stove and the child draws another inscrutable house.”

28 April 2016

“But he sleeps on the top of his mast with his eyes closed tight. The gull inquired into his dream, which was, "I must not fall. The spangled sea below wants me to fall. It is hard as diamonds; it wants to destroy us all.”

28 April 2016

“Hoping to live days of greater happiness, I forget that days of less happiness are passing by.”

28 April 2016

“Why shouldnt we, so generally addicted to the gigantic, at last have some small works of art, some short poems, short pieces of music [...], some intimate, low-voiced, and delicate things in our mostly huge and roaring, glaring world?”

28 April 2016

“The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing.”

28 April 2016

“The art of losing isnt hard to master.”

28 April 2016

“All the untidy activity continues, awful but cheerful.”

28 April 2016

“Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs--no regular hours, so many temptations!”

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