Search icone
Search and publish your papers
Our Guarantee
We guarantee quality.
Find out more!

Elizabeth Bishop: Vision and voice

Or download with : a doc exchange

About the author

freelance writer
Queens College

About the document

Published date
documents in English
term papers
3 pages
0 times
Validated by
0 Comment
Rate this document
  1. Introduction
  2. The speaker's voice
  3. The semi-rhyming words
  4. The brilliant in the first two lines
  5. A voice to things
  6. The underlying theme of masking
  7. The usage of parenthesis
  8. Bishop's tendency to depersonalize personal concepts
  9. Conclusion

In an interview with Elizabeth Bishop given by the Assistant Home Forum Editor of the Christian Science Monitor, Bishop explained that poems come ?in many guises.? This remains true for most of Bishop's poetry, as well as for the voice that is created by her words. For example, in the poem ?Pink Dog,? Bishop articulates a sad scene in which a sick and hairless dog is being compared to the poor and homeless beggars on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The poem appears to be about the disheartening vision of the dog, but as it develops it becomes clear that what Bishop is doing is simply using the dog to portray a bigger picture.

[...] The voice is sad, and tired. I picture the speaker in my mind as she's sitting in bed, unable to sleep, when she happens to catch a glimpse of the moon reflected in the mirror on the bureau. Bishop forces the reader to experience these visuals along with the speaker; they experience everything simultaneously. The moon is depicted as female in these lines, as Bishop writes, ?perhaps she's a daytime sleeper? (l. 6). This construct of continuous interaction with the inanimate and the unconscious notion that something underneath the surface is plaguing the speaker form a cohesive unit that creates an experience which is unforgettable. [...]

[...] Here, the speaker changes her tone of voice and begins to?while still somewhat keeping with the sarcasm of the poem?confess to the reader who and what she is really talking about. The second parenthetical usage is in the very last line, though it may look like (Write like disaster? (l. 19). This time, Bishop isn't using the parenthesis like a stage whisper, but rather expressing to the reader that she is forcing herself to forgo the weepy-eyed tone most loss-driven poems contain. [...]

Top sold for social sciences

Ethics and the consumer coursework

 Politics & international   |  Social sciences   |  Term papers   |  12/10/2010   |   .doc   |   5 pages

Cognitive behavioral therapy : an effective treatment for convicted offenders ?

 Politics & international   |  Social sciences   |  Presentation   |  06/04/2007   |   .doc   |   13 pages

Recent documents in social sciences category

Different methods of birth control and their history

 Politics & international   |  Social sciences   |  Presentation   |  01/13/2017   |   .doc   |   2 pages

Description of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP)

 Politics & international   |  Social sciences   |  Presentation   |  11/28/2016   |   .doc   |   2 pages