Exchanging Hats By Elizabeth Bishop

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My thesis would be about Trying different roles and gender role-playing while the experimenting with one’s sexuality. “Exchanging Hats” by Elizabeth Bishop is a whimsical poem about experimenting with pushing gender dress to the limits of acceptability. Hats are customarily used to define a person’s role in society or profession. This poem uses that mantra to depict the different roles that people play, and the different hats they wear to emphasize those roles. Author Timothy Materer was impressed with and wrote the following commentary on “Exchanging Hats” “which he saw in New World Writing, 1956.”(Mirrored Lives, 180) He goes on to say “In its ingenious quatrains, the poem 's aunts and uncles experiment with the ‘headgear of the other sex’

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