Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Rating: 3.2
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,
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44444444444444444444 10 September 2019
What is the main idea or central idea or central theme of this poem
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Michael Morgan 22 February 2018
Excuse me? Elizabeth Bishop had no family.
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Practicing Poetess 22 February 2018
So colourful and engaging!
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Susan Williams 22 February 2018
She doesn't sugar-coat the mixture of loveliness and ugliness that is Florida. I love her bird verses - -who can resist: 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.- -] and stand on the sand-bars drying their damp gold wings on sun-lit evenings.
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Marieta Maglas 22 February 2018
Wonderful poem voted 10.
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Marieta Maglas 22 February 2018
The Indian Princess makes me think of the myth of Pocahontas, in which '' she leaves her tribe and becomes a Christian'', but her skirt is buried in a swamp fulfilled with skeletons and the alligator is a kind of serpent that has a specific call for love and ''speaks'' in her ''throat''. It seems that this princess has no hope. It is more about a dying nature than about a life that grows up from death. The main expression is ''the fireflies map the heavens''.
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Marieta Maglas 22 February 2018
There is a contrast between life and death. Seemingly, life grows up from death to disappear in death, after that. Elizabeth Bishop gives beauty a complex meaning. She is a poetess liking the comparison. In her first book of poems, entitled North and South, she compares Key West (where she moved in the early 1930’s) with Boston liking to use the contrast in poetry.
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Marieta Maglas 22 February 2018
Elizabeth Bishop’s poem looks like a detailed and meticulous description of this wonderful place belonging to Florida, a place filled with ''S-shaped birds''. There is an enormous contrast between the aspect of the land having mangrove, palm trees, fireflies, pelicans, or buzzards and the aspect of the white swamps having skeletons and dead trees. The shells of the turtles around, on the beaches, make the image be complete.
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Nudershada Cabanes 22 February 2018
Descriptive poem with rich imagery that brought out and painted the State in its natural beauty.
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Ravi Kopra 22 February 2018
Flora and fauna of florid Florida. What is missing here are the Floridians, , a species in itself. You will - perhaps, soon - have a poem on poemhunter about the blessed/cursed/ridiculed/cartooned Floridians...
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