Elizabeth Bishop Poetry Analysis

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“Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.” While studying Elizabeth Bishop 's poetry, it was remarkably clear that Bishop 's carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry. In the six poems in which I studied by this poet, we can see how Bishop used the languages to her advantage in a way that helped the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her work. We can see the emotions in her poetry through a mix of language types and techniques within "The Fish", "The Prodigal", “In the Filling Station", "In the Waiting Room", "Sestina" and "First Death in Nova Scotia". Throughout my answer, I will discuss her language types and techniques within her poetry. The first poem I studied by Elizabeth Bishop was "The Fish". It is apparent from the very first line that this poem by Bishop was written for an audience and that the poet knew, in a way that was carefully judged, which language would be most effective. Written in the language of the narrative and first person, "I caught a tremendous fish", the poet immediately uses carefully judged language to tell us a tale. Throughout the poem, the poet uses extremely descriptive imagery "fresh and crisp with blood" to describe the fish that seemed to be completely limp and old. Yet, while studying it, I became conscious of the fact that Bishop uses the descriptive language as a build-up for the intensity of her

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