Poems (Paperback)

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Like a fool, I totally slept on Bishop’s incredible oeuvre. Now, I turn to her poetry in the hope of writing one truly great poem. She is a poet’s poet – an illuminating force whose masterful use of form has so much to teach beginners and longtime poets alike. Don’t be afraid to read poems that elude understanding – that’s part of what makes her so great. And I dare you to find someone who writes a better sestina. Start with “One Art” and “The Fish,” and as you read, you may feel moved to write down a memory.  

— From Shannon Rae

A Stirring Collection of Verse

Embark on an evocative journey through life and landscape with Poems, an acclaimed anthology by the peerless Elizabeth Bishop. This anthology places the reader at the heart of experience, rendering the grandeur of human existence and our symbiotic relationship with the natural realm, through precision-tuned verse that oscillates between humor and sorrow, acceptance and affliction.

Bishop's artistry immerses us in evocative landscapes, from the nostalgic corners of New England, her childhood abode, to the vibrant hues of Brazil and the lush expanses of Florida, her later homes. Rich in geographical motifs, the collection navigates the intertwined tapestry of human life and nature, revealing the poet's intrinsic ability to render chaos into form.

A vital presence in twentieth-century literature, this anthology forges an essential window into Bishop's world, offering a comprehensive view into her profound career. Whether you’re new to Bishop's work or a longtime admirer, you’ll discover the unique perspective she brought to English-language poetry, solidifying this anthology as a definitive cornerstone in any poetry collection.

The modern American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) received the Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for her collection Poems: North & South. A Cold Spring, the National Book Award for The Complete Poems (1969), the National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1976, and many other distinctions and accolades for her work. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She traveled widely as an adult, living for years in France and then Brazil, before returning to the United States.
Product Details ISBN: 9780374532369
ISBN-10: 0374532362
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: February 1st, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English
“Bishop was not just a good poet but a great one. Bishop accomplished a magical illumination of the ordinary, forcing us to examine our surroundings with the freshness of a friendly alien.” —DAVID LEHMAN, Newsweek