Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Chemin De Fer

Rating: 3.4
Alone on the railroad track
I walked with pounding heart.
The ties were too close together
or maybe too far apart.

The scenery was impoverished:
scrub-pine and oak; beyond
its mingled gray-green foliage
I saw the little pond
where the dirty old hermit lives,
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COMMENTS
Subhas Chandra Chakra 19 April 2018
A great poem in the section, so well chosen. I feel happy to have read it. Loved every imagery, especially the old tear holding onto the injuries. Sounds great. 10+++++++.
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Susan Williams 19 April 2018
an intriguing poet- -wow- have to read this again- want to read this again- -its immediacy is so vibrant and the last two lines resonate especially
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Marieta Maglas 19 April 2018
People's suffering is described using elements of nature. The poem is a prayer for true saving love. The suffering of the hermit is in contrast to that of the world that is hopeless.
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Edward Kofi Louis 19 April 2018
Yes! ! ! Love should be put into action! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Glen Kappy 19 April 2018
The scene painted along the railroad tracks is familiar, well-rendered. My mind goes to how this mode of transportation, once so important, that once made a few quite rich—in part from government handouts—has sunk from prominence. A weird connection perhaps, but Shelley’s Ozymandias—for comparison—comes to mind. -GK
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Kumarmani Mahakul 19 April 2018
The expression of this poem is so amusing and interesting. It is justified for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 19 April 2018
Such a wonderful poem by Elizabeth Bishop??????
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Robert Murray Smith 19 April 2018
This poem is moderately good but not suitable for this category.
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* Sunprincess * 09 March 2014
The hermit shot off his shot-gun and the tree by his cabin shook. Over the pond went a ripple The pet hen went chook-chook
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Georgios Venetopoulos 31 August 2012
A smart, elegant poem with bold expression. I expect a friend to read it, too.
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