Elizabeth Bishop


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

Died
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 avg rating — 11,699 ratings — published 1980 — 26 editions
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Geography III

4.30 avg rating — 1,700 ratings — published 1976 — 7 editions
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One Art

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Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Pr...

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Words in Air: The Complete ...

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The Collected Prose

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North and South

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Questions of Travel

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Cat Poems

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“The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seemed filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster”
Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems 1927-1979

“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

“Close, close all night
the lovers keep.
They turn together
in their sleep,

Close as two pages
in a book
that read each other
in the dark.

Each knows all
the other knows,
learned by heart
from head to toes.”
Elizabeth Bishop, Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

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