Elizabeth Bishop

December 5, 2010

While searching for more information on Elizabeth Bishop who I found to be one of my favorite poets of the semester I ran across on article (with pictures!) describing her epistle relationship between herself and Robert Lowell. I wish we had been able to learn more about each poet’s personal life and delve more into that. I know some critics disagree with mixing what a poet says with their own life, but I feel that a poet wouldn’t say the same things if they lived another life. Our experiences shape our opinion after all–would Bishop write about geography and loneliness if she hadn’t been forced to move around numerous times, alienating herself from those around her. Would she have been enamored with Brazil if Lola her lover had not been Brazilian and they had not set up a life there?

I hope you all enjoy reading the correspondence of the two writers:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/11/03/081103crbo_books_chiasson

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/12/20/041220fa_fact

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