Elizabeth Bishop's Poetry and Prose

Poetry: A Cold Spring * The Complete Poems 1927-1979 * Geography III * North and South * Questions of Travel
Prose: The Collected Prose

North and South

First book of poems.

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Some of her humor and quirkiness foreshadows Kay Ryan.

Many of the others are weak, prose-like poems.

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A Cold Spring

Together with North and South, formed Poems, second book of poems.

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Again, some of her humor and quirky rhymes foreshadows Kay Ryan.

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Questions of Travel

Third book of poems.

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Geography III

Fourth book of poems.

A brilliant book; very readable.

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The Complete Poems 1927-1979

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The translations are interesting. What was unpublished of her own poems are on the whole of lower caliber and interest than those Bishop published.

The Collected Prose

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Time Line.

1911
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

1916
Mother institutionalized (mental illness).

1930
Enters Vassar College.

1934
While a Senior at Vassar College, introduced to Marianne Moore, who became her Modernist Mentor.
Bachelor's degree from Vassar College.

1945
Houghton Mifflin Poetry Prize Fellowship

1946
North and South (first book of poems).

1947
Guggenheim Fellowship.
Meets Randall Jarrell; Robert Lowell; James Merrill.

1949
Appointed Consultant in Poetry to the U.S. Library of Congress, the position today known as the USA Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

1950
End of appointment as Consultant in Poetry to the U.S. Library of Congress, the position today known as the USA Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

1951
Arrives in Brazil; stays 15 years.

1953
Grieved for the death of Dylan Thomas, of whom she had said: "I have met few people in my life I felt such an instantaneous sympathy and pity for" [p. 65 of The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch].

1955
Poems (2nd book of poems) including North and South and A Cold Spring.

1956
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1962
Prose: Brazil

1964
Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

1965
Questions of Travel (3rd book of poems).

1969
The Complete Poems.
National Book Award.

1972
Wrote to Robert Lowell: "In general I deplore the 'confessional' ... Now--ye gods--anything goes, and I am so sick of poems about ... mothers and fathers and sex lives and so on" [p. 65 of The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch].

1975
Teaches at Harvard; her "Studies in Modern Poetry" class is attended by graduate student Dana Gioia, who publishes an essay on his experience in The New Yorker (15 September 1986).

1976
Neustadt International Prize for Literature: first American and first woman to receive it.

1972
Anthology Anthology of Twentieth Century Brazilian Poetry

1976
Geography III (4th and last book of poems).

1977
National Book Critics Circle Award.

1978
Guggenheim Fellowship.

1979
Died.

1983
The Complete Poems 1927-1979.

1984
The Collected Prose.

1993
One Art: Letters

2005
One of six poets in The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch: The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch:
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  1. Robert Lowell.
  2. Elizabeth Bishop.
  3. John Berryman.
  4. Randall Jarrell.
  5. Delmore Schwartz.
  6. Sylvia Plath.

2008.
One of 48 women poets in 100 essential modern poems by women:

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