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Elizabeth Bishop

From One Art:

"The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster."

From The Norton Anthology of American Literature:

"'The enormous power of reticence,' the poet Octavio Paz said in a tribute, '–that is the great lesson of Elizabeth Bishop.' Bishop's reticence originates in a temperament indistinguishable from her style; her remarkable formal gifts allowed her to create ordered and lucid structures that hold strong feelings in place. Chief among these feelings was a powerful sense of loss...."

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The Complete Poems, 1927-1979
The Collected Prose

Poems (full-text) by Elizabeth Bishop at The Academy of American Poets:

At the Fishhouses
Visits to St. Elizabeths
In the Waiting Room
One Art
The Moose
Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore
The Fish
The Man-Moth
The Armadillo
Filling Station

The Elizabeth Bishop Page at the Academy of American Poets. Includes a short biography, the poems listed above, and various links.

Biography of Elizabeth Bishop at Literature Online


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