Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

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in Worcester, Massachusetts, The United States
February 08, 1911

October 06, 1979



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Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and writer from Worcester, Massachusetts. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1956. and a National Book Award Winner for Poetry in 1970. She is considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century.

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The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 7,541 ratings — published 1969 — 12 editions
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Geography III
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One Art
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The Collected Prose
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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Bishop: Poems, Prose, and L...
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Words in Air: The Complete ...
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Questions of Travel
4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 74 ratings — published 1952 — 2 editions
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North and South
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 1946 — 2 editions
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Poems: North & South - A Co...
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More books by Elizabeth Bishop…
“The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

---Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.”
Elizabeth Bishop, One Art

“If after I read a poem the world looks like that poem for 24 hours or so I'm sure it's a good one—and the same goes for paintings. ”
Elizabeth Bishop

“ 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.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep. ”
Elizabeth Bishop

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