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Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop

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Cherise Thomas

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop

Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop

Stanza 1
Oh, but it is dirty!

—this little filling station,

oil-soaked, oil-permeated

to a disturbing, over-all

black translucency.

Be careful with that match!

Stanza 4
Stanza 5
Why the extraneous plant?

Why the taboret?

Why, oh why, the doily?

(Embroidered in daisy stitch

with marguerites, I think,

and heavy with gray crochet.)

Stanza 6
Somebody embroidered the doily.

Somebody waters the plant,

or oils it, maybe. Somebody

arranges the rows of cans

so that they softly say:

esso—so—so—so

to high-strung automobiles.

Somebody loves us all.
Stanza 2
Father wears a dirty,

oil-soaked monkey suit

that cuts him under the arms,

and several quick and saucy

and greasy sons assist him

(it’s a family filling station),

all quite thoroughly dirty.
Stanza 3
Do they live in the station?

It has a cement porch

behind the pumps, and on it

a set of crushed and grease-

impregnated wickerwork;

on the wicker sofa

a dirty dog, quite comfy.

Choice?
I chose this poem because I am a big fan of Bishop and her work. I actually stumbled upon this poem when I was looking for a POL poem. I almost chose "One Art", but I decided to choose this one instead. I like it because it is a little bit different from her other work.
Thoughts and Feelings
The poem makes me think about these people. I find myself wanting to know about their daily lives.
This poem makes me feel observant and imaginative because I have to really think about the imagery Bishop presents in the poem.
Funny, inspirational, thought provoking, or sorrowful?
The poem is thought provoking because you have to really think about this family. You have to envision what these people look like and you have to think about their lives. It leaves you with more questions about the somebody mentioned in the last stanza.
Literary Examples
Consonance
grea
s
y
s
on
s
a
ss
i
s
t
f
amily
f
illing
w
icker
w
ork
d
irty
d
og
d
im
d
oily
d
raping
s
oftly
s
ay

Rhyme Scheme
There is no rhyme scheme in Bishop's poem. She uses blank verse. Only a few lines rhyme throughout the poem.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Bibliography
Bishop, Elizabeth. "Filling Station." The Complete Poems. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969. N. pag. Print.
Cherise Thomas
Some comic books provide

the only note of color—

of certain color. They lie

upon a big dim doily

draping a taboret

(part of the set), beside

a big hirsute begonia.
More Examples
Assonance
o
nly n
o
te
b
i
g d
i
m
Alliteration
ES
SO
-
SO
-
SO
-
SO
Anaphora
the repetition of why in stanza 5
the repetition of somebody in stanza 6
Personification
arranges the rows of cans so that they softly say
high-strung automobiles
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