Lecture 25 - Elizabeth Bishop (cont.)

author: Langdon Hammer, Department of English, Yale University
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In the final lecture of the course, Elizabeth Bishop's "Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance" is considered with an emphasis on Bishop's ambivalence towards the notion of home. The idea that modernists use poetry to do the work that religion no longer does is reflected upon, and connections are drawn between Bishop, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, and Crane. Bishop's "Visits to St. Elizabeth's" is considered as a formal rebuke to the ambitions of modernism alongside Auden's statement that "poetry makes nothing happen" but ultimately the two poets are shown to offer poetry as a solution to modern alienation in its capacity to renew human community through communication.

Reading assignment:

Elizabeth Bishop: "Arrival at Santos," "Brazil, January 1, 1502," "Questions of Travel," "Sestina," "Filling Station," "Sandpiper," "Visits to St. Elizabeth's," "In the Waiting Room," "Crusoe in England," "The Moose," "Poem," "One Art," "Sonnet"


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