The Complete Poems, 1927-1979

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Highly regarded throughout her prestigious literary career, and today seen as an undeniable master of her art, Elizabeth Bishop remains one of America's most influential and widely acclaimed poets. This is the definitive collection of her work. The Complete Poems includes the books North & South, A Cold Spring, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, as well as previously uncollected poems, translations, and juvenilia.

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Overview

Highly regarded throughout her prestigious literary career, and today seen as an undeniable master of her art, Elizabeth Bishop remains one of America's most influential and widely acclaimed poets. This is the definitive collection of her work. The Complete Poems includes the books North & South, A Cold Spring, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, as well as previously uncollected poems, translations, and juvenilia.

"From the moment Miss Bishop appeared on the scene it was apparent that she was a poet of . . . great gifts." The New York Times Book Review

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"Of all the splendid and curious works belonging to my time, these are poems that I love best and tire of least. And there will be no others."—James Merrill, The Washington Post Book World

"Bishop was one of the finest poets this country produced in [the twentieth] century; we are lucky to have all her work collected now in one volume."—Jane Howard, Mademoiselle

"Bishop was not just a good poet but a great one. She accomplished a magical illumination of the ordinary, forcing us to examine our surroundings with the freshness of a friendly alien."—David Lehman, Newsweek

"With their wit, honesty, abundance, imaginative breadth, and prosodic grace . . . thirty or forty of the poems in this book seem as valuable as any written in English since the last war."—Christopher Reid, The Sunday Times (London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374518172
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/1984
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

The modern American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Nation Book Critics' Circle Award, and many other distinctions and accolades for her work.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    poetry that is haunting, watchful, quietly revelatory

    There is something rather mysterious about Elizabeth Bishop's poetry. The surfaces are quite calm, at times transparent, at other times artfully opaque, while alien life goes on beneath, in all its imprecise raw demanding messiness. Each poem frames a series of glimpses or a single lingering gaze into that alien life, which is none other than human emotion itself. Reader, you must please remember to be very careful with these poems. Watch them closely. The impression of simplicity is deceptive. Look for the layers of meaning. Re-read &re-read again, even if doing so will leave you feeling strangely, inevitably, lonely & bereft. +++MY FAVOURITE LINES++ From 'The Fish': I looked into his eyes which were far larger than mine but shallower, and yellowed, the irises backed and packed with tarnished tinfoil seen through the lenses of old scratched isinglass. They shifted a little, but not to return my stare. --It was more like the tipping of an object toward the light. From 'Crusoe in England': But my poor old island's still un-rediscovered, un-renameable. None of the books has ever got it right. From 'Questions of Travel': Oh, must we dream our dreams and have them, too? And have we room for one more folded sunset, still quite warm? From 'the Map': Land lies in water; it is shadowed green. Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges where weeds hang to the simple blue from green. Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under, drawing it unperturbed around itself? Along the fine tan sandy shelf is the land tugging at the sea from under? The shadow of Newfoundland lies flat and still. Labrador's yellow, where the moony Eskimo has oiled it. We can stroke these lovely bays, under a glass as if they were expected to blossom, or as if to provide a clean cage for invisible fish. From 'One Art': The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. From 'The Imaginary Iceberg': The iceberg cuts its facets from within. Like jewelry from a grave it saves itself perpetually and adorns only itself, perhaps the snows which so surprise us lying on the sea. Good-bye, we say, good-bye, the ship steers off where waves give in to one another's waves and clouds run in a warmer sky. Icebergs behoove the soul (both being self-made from elements least visible) to see them so: fleshed, fair, erected indivisible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    An Attainment of All Desires

    The conflicting inner struggle between right and wrong,is a central theme that could be infused in our everyday life. Elizabeth Bishop does a great job in humanizing her exile through a number of receptive impressions. Which is quite an effective method that poets use to intensify the reading. Her Poetry is though-provoking, and their meaning will have a great impact on life.

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