30 dic. 2008

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*Elizabeth Bishop. Questions of Travel. 1965. 95 pp.

What a good writer she was. Many fragments of poems were preserved in grammar book, as examples. I imagine a similar use for Bishop's poetry, to be used in schools to learn how to write, as grammatical and rhetorical models. The poem called "Sestina" is in fact a sestina, and one of the best in the English language.

Yet somehow I don't really *heart* Elizabeth Bishop, as a whole. I like her for certain things, when I squint just right, but after a little while I see her once again simply as a very competent academic poet of mid-century.