ENGL 310 - Lecture 25 - Elizabeth Bishop (cont.)

Lecture 25 - Elizabeth Bishop (cont.)


In the final lecture of the course, Elizabeth Bishop's "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance" is considered with an emphasis on Bishop's ambivalence towards the notion of home. The idea that modernists use poetry to do the work that religion no longer does is reflected upon, and connections are drawn between Bishop, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, and Crane. Bishop's "Visits to St. Elizabeth's" is considered as a formal rebuke to the ambitions of modernism alongside Auden's statement that "poetry makes nothing happen" but ultimately the two poets are shown to offer poetry as a solution to modern alienation in its capacity to renew human community through communication.



"Over 2000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance," 1955 and "Visits to St. Elizabeths," 1950 from THE COMPLETE POEMS 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop. Copyright (c) 1979, 1983 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

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Elizabeth Bishop: "Arrival at Santos," "Brazil, January 1, 1502," "Questions of Travel," "Sestina," "Filling Station," "Sandpiper," "Visits to St. Elizabeth's," "In the Waiting Room," "Crusoe in England," "The Moose," "Poem," "One Art," "Sonnet"

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