Elizabeth Bishop (8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)
Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956 and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970. Elizabeth Bishop House is an artists' retreat in Great Village, Nova Scotia dedicated to her memory. She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.
Elizabeth Bishop, an only child, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. After her father, a successful builder, died when she was eight months old, Bishop’s mother became mentally ill and was institutionalized in 1916. (Bishop wrote about the time ... more »
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- A Miracle for Breakfast
- A Prodigal
- A Summer’s Dream
- Arrival At Santos
- At the Fishhouses
- Cape Breton
- Chemin De Fer
- Cirque D'Hiver
- Exchanging Hats
- Filling Station
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''What childishness is it that while there's breath of lifeElizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. "Questions of Travel." Bishop, an avid traveler, spent the last 16 years of her life in Brazil.
in our bodies, we are determined to rush
to see the sun the other way around?''
''His beak is focussed; he is preoccupied,Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 16-18). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Gir...
looking for something, something, something.
Poor bird, he is obsessed!''
''The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray,Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 19-20). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Gir...
and mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst.''
The roaring alongside he takes for granted,Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), U.S. poet. Sandpiper (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 [Elizabeth Bishop]. (1983) Farrar, Straus and Girou...
and that every so often the world is bound to shake.
He runs, he runs to the south, finical, awkward,
in a state of controlled panic, a...