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Bishop, Elizabeth - Poems, Prose, and Letters

Elizabeth Bishop

Poems, Prose, and Letters

North & SouthA Cold SpringQuestions of TravelGeography III • uncollected poems and drafts • translations • essays and reviews • stories • letters

"Bishop's work is deeply compassionate and necessary reading, and now almost all of it can be found in one place."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Overview  |  Table of Contents  |  Features

North & South
The Map
The Imaginary Iceberg
The Colder the Air
Wading at Wellfleet
Chemin de Fer
The Gentleman of Shalott
Large Bad Picture
From the Country to the City
The Man-Moth
Love Lies Sleeping
A Miracle for Breakfast
The Weed
The Unbeliever
The Monument
Paris, 7 a.m.
Quai d'Orleans
Sleeping on the Ceiling
Sleeping Standing Up
Cirque d'Hiver
Jerónimo's House
Little Exercise
The Fish
Late Air
Songs for a Colored Singer

A Cold Spring
A Cold Spring
Over 2000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance
The Bight
A Summer's Dream
Cape Breton
At the Fishhouses
View of The Capitol from The Library of Congress
The Prodigal
Faustina, or Rock Roses
Varick Street
Four Poems
Letter to N.Y.
The Mountain
Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore
Arrival at Santos
The Shampoo

  • Questions of Travel
  • I. Brazil
    • Arrival at Santos
    • Brazil, January 1, 1502
    • Questions of Travel
    • Squatter's Children
    • Manuelzinho
    • Electrical Storm
    • Song for the Rainy Season
    • The Armadillo
    • The Riverman
    • Twelfth Morning; or What You Will
    • The Burglar of Babylon
  • II. Elsewhere
    • In the Village
    • Manners
    • Sestina
    • First Death in Nova Scotia
    • Filling Station
    • Sunday, 4 a.m.
    • Sandpiper
    • From Trollope's Journal
    • Visits to St. Elizabeths

from The Complete Poems
Rainy Season; Sub-Tropics
The Hanging of the Mouse
Some Dreams They Forgot
House Guest
Going to the Bakery
Under the Window: Ouro Preto

Geography III
In the Waiting Room
Crusoe in England
Night City
The Moose
12 O'Clock News
One Art
The End of March
Objects & Apparitions
Five Flights Up

Late Poems
North Haven
Pink Dog

Uncollected Poems
The Ballad of the Subway Train
Behind Stowe
To a Tree
Imber Nocturnus
For C.W.B.
The Wave
A Word with You
The Flood
Hymn to the Virgin
Three Sonnets for the Eyes
Three Valentines
The Reprimand
The Wit
Exchanging Hats
A Norther—Key West
Thank-You Note

Unpublished Poems and Drafts

  • Translations
  • Aristophanes
    • from The Birds
  • Max Jacob
    • Rainbow
    • Patience of an Angel
    • Banks
    • Hell Is Graduated
  • Manuel Bandeira
    • My Last Poem
    • Brazilian Tragedy
  • João Cabral de Melo Neto
    • from The Death and Life of a Severino
  • Joaquim Cardozo
    • Cemetery of Childhood
    • Elegy for Maria Alves
  • Carlos Drummond de Andrade
    • Seven-Sided Poem
    • Don't Kill Yourself
    • Travelling in the Family
    • The Table
    • Infancy
    • In the Middle of the Road
    • Family Portrait
  • Vinícius de Moraes
    • Sonnet of Intimacy
  • Four Sambas
    • "Rio de Janeiro"
    • "Kick him out of office!"
    • "Marshál, Illustrious Marshál,"
    • "Come, my mulatta"
  • Chico Buarque de Hollanda
    • A Banda
  • Stories by Clarice Lispector
    • The Smallest Woman in the World
    • A Hen
    • Marmosets
  • Octavio Paz
    • The Key of Water
    • Along Galeana Street
    • The Grove
    • January First

Personal Essays, Reminiscences, and Reporting
On Being Alone
A Mouse and Mice
Gregorio Valdes, 1879–1939
Mercedes Hospital
Introduction to The Diary of "Helena Morley"
A New Capital, Aldous Huxley, and Some Indians
Primer Class
The Country Mouse
A Warm and Reasonable People
On the Railroad Named Delight
The U.S.A. School of Writing
A Trip to Vigia
Wesley Wehr
Efforts of Affection: A Memoir of Marianne Moore
To the Botequim & Back

A Flight of Fancy
The Thumb
Then Came the Poor
Chimney Sweepers
Seven-Days Monologue
Mr. Pope's Garden
The Last Animal
Was It in His Hand?
The Baptism
The Sea and Its Shore
In Prison
The Farmer's Children
The Housekeeper
Memories of Uncle Neddy

  • Literary Statements and Reviews
  • In Appreciation of Shelley's Poems
  • The Buck in the Snow by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Time's Andromedas
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: Notes on Timing in His Poetry
  • Journey to the End of Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • Dimensions for a Novel
  • As We Like It: Miss Moore and the Delight of Imitation
  • It All Depends
  • Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • XAIPE by E. E. Cummings
  • Love from Emily: Emily Dickinson's Letters
  • What the Young Man Said to the Psalmist: Wallace Fowlie
  • The Manipulation of Mirrors: Jules Laforgue
  • "I Was But Just Awake": Walter de la Mare
  • "Writing poetry is an unnatural act . . ."
  • Blurb for Life Studies by Robert Lowell
  • A Sentimental Tribute: Marianne Moore
  • Some Notes on Robert Lowell
  • On "The Man-Moth"
  • Flannery O'Connor: 1925-1964
  • An Inadequate Tribute: Randall Jarrell
  • Introduction to The Burglar of Babylon
  • Preface to Woodlawn North by Milton Kessler
  • Introduction to An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry
  • A Brief Reminiscence and a Brief Tribute: Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden
  • Laureate's Words of Acceptance
  • Foreword to Elizabeth Bishop: A Bibliography
  • Statement for the English Memorial Service for Robert Lowell
  • Four Blurbs
    • May Swenson's A Cage of Spines
    • May Swenson's To Mix with Time
    • Frank Bidart's Golden State
    • Sandra McPherson's Radiation


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