The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 Topics for Discussion

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Does Elizabeth Bishop's objectivity strengthen or weaken her poetry and prose? Explain.

Do you think that the poet would be as fascinated by the sea if she had not moved to Nova Scotia as a child?

Do you think that Elizabeth Bishop would have been as successful as a poet without the influence of Marianne Moore?

How might Bishop's work have changed if she had enrolled in Cornell Medical School?

Although Elizabeth Bishop was a lesbian who openly lived with two different lovers, do you think that the absence of the subject in her work was intentional? Explain.

Bishop was fond of dedicating certain types of poetry to colleagues and mentors. In North Haven, Bishop laments the death of Robert Lowell. Do you think that this lamentation affected the poet's work? Explain.

Bishop spent 15 years in Brazil after planning an 18 day excursion to the...

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