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Poems: The Centenary Edition [Paperback]

Elizabeth Bishop
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17 Feb 2011

This is the definitive centenary edition of the work of one of America's greatest poets, recognised today as a master of her art and acclaimed by poets and readers alike. Her poems display honesty and humour, grief and acceptance, observing nature and human nature with painstaking accuracy. They often start outwardly, with geography and landscape - from New England and Nova Scotia, where Bishop grew up, to Florida and Brazil, where she later lived - and move inexorably toward the interior, exploring questions of knowledge and perception, love and solitude, and the ability or inability of form to control chaos.

This new edition, edited by Saskia Hamilton, includes Bishop's four published volumes (North & South, A Cold Spring, Questions of Travel and Geography III), as well as uncollected poems, translations and an illuminating selection of unpublished manuscript poems, reproduced in facsimile, revealing exactly how finished, or unfinished, Bishop left them. It offers readers the opportunity to enjoy the complete poems of one of the most distinguished American poets of the twentieth century.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (17 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701186283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701186289
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century" (William Boyd Guardian)

"When we read her, we enter the classical serenity of a new country" (Robert Lowell)

"If ever there was a poet whose every scrap of writing should be in print, that poet must be Elizabeth Bishop" (Christopher Reid)

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The definitive edition of the work of one of America's greatest poets.

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A real highlight of this publication is the Appendix: Selected Unpublished Manuscript Poems. Each poem is reproduced in facsimilie on the left hand side of the page with the modern text printing on the right hand side. From a poet's perspective it is fascinating to see what appears as, "work in progress" on the facsimilies. Elizabeth is revealed working through her ideas and there are crossings out and amendments aplenty to give clues to her lines of thought in each case. The New and Uncollected sections are also invaluable. I personally like the large, weighty paperback as it gives plenty of space for reproduction of each poem. However, this is quite a, "bulky book" which a largish number of, "white and blank spaces" either on the left hand side, opposite or below the reproduction of certain poems. As a, "voice", Elizabeth's work takes some getting used to. She is said to be the, "poet's poet". However, in this category, I would equally rate Ted Hughes. His collection, "River" must be a master work.
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I love all poetry and this book has added an author to my list of must read's... pride of place on my book shelf.
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