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The Complete Poems

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Highly regarded throughout her prestigious literary career, and today seen as an undeniable master of her art, Elizabeth Bishop remains one of America's most influential and widely acclaimed poets. This is the definitive collection of her work. The Complete Poems includes the books North & South, A Cold Spring, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, as well as previou ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 29th 1970 by Chatto & Windus (first published May 1st 1969)
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Madison H.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really loved a lot of these poems. At first I wasn't really sure if I liked it very much but then I read "The Weed" and was completely sold. I really love Bishop's poems for the reason that they are not all about wild emotions or love or any of the "normal" poetry stuff. She writes about real life and nature in a very real way that I enjoyed immensely.
Cassie
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like a faker writing a review for this, because I don't read much poetry and I don't feel like I have the knowledge or experience to critique it.

I will say that I learned about Bishop's poem "One Art" as a freshman in college and recently came across it again. It's what made me decide to pick up the "complete works" although I can now say with certainty it's a inaccurately titled because "One Art" never showed up.

I enjoyed the later poems (assuming they're chronological in their placement
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Nancy
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love so many of these poems (I say certain lines out loud at random moments: "We'd rather have the iceberg than the ship, although it meant the end of travel," "And love's the burning boy"), but the one that now moves me the most even though I didn't particularly like it when I first read it 30 years ago is "The Fish." Something about that fish, its scales, its gills, the irises of its eyes "backed and packed with tarnished tinfoil seen through the lenses of old scratched isinglass." And then ...more
Hannah Cobb
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Bishop is commonly recognized as one of America's great female poets. Though it's a fairly old publication by now, this collection is beautifully put together, showcasing Bishop's intricate, tightly focused nature poetry (my favorite is The Sandpiper, with his "dark and brittle feet"), as well as her translations and travel poetry.
Stephanie Schultz
I must have a very well-used copy of this because as I was reading one day, the book felt apart into two pieces in my hands. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
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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 importa
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