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Elizabeth Bishop

By Salar Lone

Bob Thomas

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop
Salar Lone Elizabeth Bishop was born February 8th,1911

She was born is Worcester, Massachusetts

Tragedy struck the Bishop home when her father, a sucessful builder, died when she was eight months old.

In 1916 another tragic event left Bishop an orphan. Her mother was mentally ill was institutionlized.
She was the poet Laureate of the United States from 1949-1950.

In addition to her achievments as Laureate, she was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author in 1956.
Her poetry was greatly infuenced by the likes of Marianne Morre.

Later on in life she worte 'The Village'. This novel disscussed her mother's struggles. Due to her father's sucessful business as a builder, she was left with enough inheritance that it lasted her until the end of her life.

When her inheritance started to deplete, she lectured in higher education during the 1970's.
She was a part of the literary movement known
as modernism. Some of her most noted works include the poetry book tittled 'North and South'.
In addition to 'North and South' here poem 'One Art'. Modernism is a very broad despcription of her writing style as the term Modernism esentially contains three aspects : modern thought,character and practice.

It greatly influenced here writing.

To be more specific, in Bishop's case, many of her poems were considered modern and much of her life also had a modernistic touch to it.

She was well travelled, and in the last ten years of her life she travelled primarily to South America and Europe.
During these years of her life, she taught in a number of universities and established concrete realtions with Harvard. She even wrote a poem that was a sonnet titled 'Sonnet' Much like Ernest Hemmingway, she also resided in Key West, Florida for a while.

She is American but of Canadian ancestory.
In 1977, Bishop published here last book 'Geography III' and two years later she died from brian anurism. Bishop attended Walnut Hill school near Boston for high school and then went on to Vassar. Although her general writing style follows the modernistic movement, her writing style is known as Villanelle.

Villanelle is a writing style that was introduced in English Literature in the 1800's.

It is a style of poetry that has only two rhyming sounds and 19 lines.

It consists of five three lined stanzas inaddition to the concluding stanza of four lines.

It is a difficult style of wrting but Elizabeth used it to lessen the seriouseness of her themes.
One Art
By Elizabeth Bishop

A{The art of losing isn't hard to master;
B{so many things seem filled with the intent
A{to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

A{Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
B{of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
A{The art of losing isn't hard to master.

A{Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
B{places, and names, and where it was you meant
A{to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

A{I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
B{next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
A{The art of losing isn't hard to master.

A{I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
B{some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
A{I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

A{-- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
B{I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
A{the art of losing's not too hard to master
A{though it may look like (Write it!) a disaster

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