Elizabeth Bishop

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

Chemin De Fer

Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Alone on the railroad track
I walked with pounding heart.
The ties were too close together
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Comments about Chemin De Fer by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (4/19/2018 11:59:00 PM)

    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+++++++.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/19/2018 5:35:00 PM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (4/19/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/19/2018 1:47:00 PM)

    Yes! ! ! Love should be put into action! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (4/19/2018 7:37:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/19/2018 2:42:00 AM)

    The expression of this poem is so amusing and interesting. It is justified for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/19/2018 1:52:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem by Elizabeth Bishop👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (4/19/2018 1:37:00 AM)

    This poem is moderately good but not suitable for this category.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/9/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Georgios Venetopoulos (8/31/2012 10:27:00 AM)

    A smart, elegant poem with bold expression.
    I expect a friend to read it, too.(Report)Reply

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  • Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (1/22/2008 9:35:00 PM)

    I think this poem is gorgeous. It's marked as one of my favorite. And I'm just a bit in awe/love with the author.(Report)Reply

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