Who is Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer. She was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976. Dwight Garner argued that she was perhaps "the most purely gifted poet of the 20th century".

Early life

Bishop, an only child, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to William Thomas and Gertrude May (Bulmer) Bishop. 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 would later write about the time of her mother's struggles in h...
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Elizabeth Bishop Poems

  • In The Waiting Room
    In Worcester, Massachusetts,
    I went with Aunt Consuelo
    to keep her dentist's appointment
    and sat and waited for her ...
  • Lullaby For The Cat
    Minnow, go to sleep and dream,
    Close your great big eyes;
    Round your bed Events prepare
    The pleasantest surprise. ...
  • Sonnet (1928)
    I am in need of music that would flow
    Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
    Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
    With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. ...
  • O Breath
    Beneath that loved   and celebrated breast,
    silent, bored really   blindly veined,
    grieves, maybe   lives and lets
    live, passes   bets, ...
  • The Fish
    I caught a tremendous fish
    and held him beside the boat
    half out of water, with my hook
    fast in a corner of his mouth. ...
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Kropotkin57: the end of march elizabeth bishop, 1975
Cureforpain1993: elizabeth bishop, "filling station" (1979)
Twc_org: new in the magazine: "listening to the work: in praise of listening." "writing takes time . . . what elizabeth bishop once described as 'a self-forgetful, perfectly useless concentration.'" read "listening to the work" in the magazine:
Riana977353361: bishop o'connell vs. elizabeth seton - virginia high school softball
Heyabbiek: why the extraneous plant? why the taboret? why, oh why, the doily? tell us, elizabeth bishop. (the recording of her reading is so charming.)
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The Well upon the Brook
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The Well upon the Brook
Were foolish to depend-
Let Brooks-renew of Brooks-
But Wells-of failless Ground!


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