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Emily Dickinson Born 1830, Amherst, MA Died 1886, Amherst, MA

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Emily Dickinson Born 1830, Amherst, MA Died 1886, Amherst, MA

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  1. Emily Dickinson Born 1830, Amherst, MA Died 1886, Amherst, MA Elizabeth Bishop Born 1911, Worcester, MA Died 1979, Boston, MA

  2. The Person, the Poet By many accounts, Dickinson and Bishop are considered two of the “greatest American poets.” Poetry was an outlet to deal with the crisis of loss Dickinson: the recluse, the rebel Bishop: the orphan, the perfectionist Major threads: faith, identity, and art

  3. Themes of Crisis Dominion Over Faith/Nature Bishop’s “The Fish” Dickinson’s “I know that He exists” Existential Identity Bishop’s “In the Waiting Room” Dickinson’s “I saw no Way” Art and Transcendence Bishop’s “Sandpiper” Dickinson’s “To hear an Oriole sing”

  4. Dominion Over Faith/Nature Bishop’s “The Fish” • Dickinson’s “I know that He exists”

  5. Dominion Over Faith/Nature Bishop, “the perfectionist” “There is a continuing vibration in her work between two frequencies: the domestic and the strange. In another poet ,the alternation might seem a debate, but Bishop drifts rather than divides, gazes rather than chooses. Her poems oscillate between the familiar and the fantastic. Domestic objects and events become progressively estranged or emblematic. Representations of certainty suddenly grow mysterious and untrustworthy [such as the ‘tremendous fish’ with fish hooks hanging from its jaw like a General’s medals] are at once frightening and miraculous.” (David Wojhan in “The Fiery Event of Every Day,” an essay on Bishop’s poetry.

  6. Existential Identity Bishop’s “In the Waiting Room” • Dickinson’s “I saw no Way”

  7. Art and Transcendence Bishop’s “Sandpiper” • Dickinson’s “To hear an Oriole sing”

  8. Art and Transcendence Bishop’s “Sandpiper” “It turns out that Bishop has her own supply of self-pity… fortunately this is leavened by the poet’s wonderfully sly and confident sense of what she’s up to, as well as a very endearing sense of self-mockery... Like the little bird she made into a personal emblem in ‘Sandpiper,’ Bishop never rested from her relentless search for meaning.” (Richard Tillinghast in “Elizabeth Bishop: driving to the interior”)

  9. Class Commentary