Elizabeth Bishop

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

I Am In Need Of Music

Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.


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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (9/21/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    There is a magic made by melody:
    A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
    Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
    To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
    And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
    Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep. beautiful experiences, very poetic expressions. tony(Report)Reply

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  • ROnAldMcDonAlD (5/14/2019 11:29:00 AM)

    ba da ba ba ba i'm lovin' it(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/16/2019 7:43:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem for music. Music is a good part of our life. I need music too.(Report)Reply

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  • @hellogorgeous (4/10/2019 2:40:00 PM)

    This is a great piece and I think it captures what music really is. I < 3 MUSIC. Reply to me, what is your favorite song?(Report)Reply

    sweet songs only luv(5/29/2019 6:14:00 PM)

    my fav song is bohemian rhapsody by QUEEN

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  • sweetbutapsycho (4/2/2019 3:38:00 PM)

    like if you need this for a project too!(Report)Reply

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  • Frankie Cale (3/24/2019 6:26:00 PM)

    So wonderful. I feel every line. Like a picture tells a 1000 words, a song tells a musician 5000.(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/22/2019 7:42:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem for song. I need the song too.(Report)Reply

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  • sweetbutapsycho (3/20/2019 3:28:00 PM)

    this was pretty good. I need it for an assignment so I really have no choice haha(Report)Reply

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  • Nikhet Chowdhury (3/8/2019 1:26:00 PM)

    I memorized this poem. Working on memorizing others. :)(Report)Reply

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  • onewithmusic (2/27/2019 8:19:00 PM)

    simply shows the wonderful impact of music(Report)Reply

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  • great poem (2/12/2019 7:36:00 PM)

    I love it(Report)Reply

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  • GDC722 (1/8/2019 4:02:00 AM)

    This poem was bootiful!(Report)Reply

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  • Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (1/4/2019 6:52:00 AM)

    The poet has been described worth of music by using great word thanks(Report)Reply

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    sweetbutapsycho(5/29/2019 6:16:00 PM)

    ummm. who cares luv? Totally irrelevant! everyone dislike this please

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  • McStressed (10/31/2018 4:43:00 PM)

    sksksksksksk these comments i’m d e a d(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (10/20/2018 3:17:00 PM)

    Beautiful images and refreshing language in your poem. I enjoyed it immensely. :)(Report)Reply

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  • HILLS JEDEDIAH (9/6/2018 5:24:00 AM)

    SWEET POEM I LOVE IT..(Report)Reply

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  • Amrita Bhatia (8/29/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    Great poem(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/27/2018 4:00:00 AM)

    I am indeed a rhyme or rhythm
    I am music or melody
    I am tune or tone
    I am of me the great boon
    ........(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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