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Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop

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Examining the poet's view of the human body and issues of embodiment,

Colwell provides an accessible, close reading of Bishop's poetry.

Inscrutable Houses examines Elizabeth Bishop's

paradoxical relationship to the concept of embodiment as it evolves in

the poems of her four published books. Anne Colwell looks at how Bishop

uses metaphors of the body to express her powerful ambivalence about human

form, at how Bishop moves between pessimism, expressing the idea that the

body is the reason for all human loss and misunderstanding, and optimism,

seeing the body as the medium for all human connection, for love and knowledge.

A combined focus on metaphors of the body in her published

work and Bishop's means of arriving at these metaphors through her compositional

process therefore highlights important connections between the poet's work

and her life, particularly her childhood losses, the influence of contemporary

poets, and her personal relationships. Bishop published four collections

of poetry, numerous short stories, autobiographical sketches, and several

prose pieces on travel. Her double collection titled Poems: North and

South--ACold Spring, published in 1955, won the Pulitzer Prize, and

the later collection Complete Poems (1969) earned her the National

Book Award.

Colwell's innovative reading not only is valuable in itself

but also gives deeper insight into a great and inßuential poet and

contributes to the arguments of more overtly theoretical readings of Bishop's

work.

 

Synopsis:

Examining the poet's view of the human body and issues of embodiment,

Colwell provides an accessible, close reading of Bishop's poetry.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-241) and index.

About the Author

Anne Colwell is an assistant professor of English at the University of Delaware-Southern Campus. She received her master's and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817308902
Author:
Colwell, Anne
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Location:
Tuscaloosa :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Metaphor
Subject:
Bishop, elizabeth, 1911-1979
Subject:
Body, human, in literature
Subject:
Bishop, Elizabeth
Subject:
Human figure in literature
Subject:
Women and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
189
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.7 x 5.5 in

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Examining the poet's view of the human body and issues of embodiment,

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