Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts
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The Moose

Rating: 3.2
For Grace Bulmer Bowers


From narrow provinces
of fish and bread and tea,
home of the long tides
where the bay leaves the sea
twice a day and takes
the herrings long rides,
where if the river
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Fabrizio Frosini 11 July 2015
beautiful poem.. a vivid description..an amazing write..
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Michael Morgan 21 May 2013
This is one of the great poems of the century. Mood, vision, quaintly exotic locale, abundant sensory data, whimsy, historical accuracy, technical virtuosity, pacing- it's all there. Always interesting, never dull, length perfect, sonata- fact, diversion, back to fact, past-present-back to past form- what it's all about. It suggests the way the present must interrupt the past with its urgency, the Past recognizing itself as the preferred state. Awesome. MM
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Phil Child 22 December 2006
This is my favourire poem. I suffer from mental illness and the coach journey seems to parallel my journey through my life. I am carried by events outside my control and witness events through a glass. Elizabeth describes normal events and makes them strange and ethereal and wonderful. This is how I experience life. For me, the Moose represents the essential, fecund, natural world which I and the passengers on the coach can only experience indirectly no matter how hard we may try or may yearn for a more direct experience of nature. This may not be a true or accurate reading of the poem. But this is what I take from it. This poem has been worth more than bibles to me.
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