Elizabeth Bishop was born on February 8th, 1911. She lived with her mother's parents since her father died soon after she was born and once her mother was admitted to a mental hospital. Bishop lived in Nova Scotia until she was six years old, then she moved to Southern Boston to live with her paternal grandparents for the rest of her childhood. After high school, she attended Vassar College in New York. Later on in her life, she met Lota de Macedo Soares, who then became her girlfriend. Bishop was extremely happy with Soares. The both lived in Brazil for awhile, but then Soares committed suicide. Elizabeth moved back to the United States and began teaching at Harvard. She worked there for seven years. Elizabeth Bishop died October 6th, 1979.
Her Poetry Influences
While Bishop was at Vassar, she met the now well-known poet, Marianne Moore. She met other poets too, such as George Herbert and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Bishop and Moore became very good friends and influenced each other vastly. Elizabeth was also friends with Robert Lowell, but he did not have the same writing style as she did. Bishop traveled around for about two years, therefore her travels influenced her poems. She often wrote about her surroundings during her trips.
Bishops differed from her friend, Robert Lowell's poetry who wrote in confessional style. Instead, Bishop did not write about personal experiences or life. She wrote about what she saw in the world. Her travels impacted her poetry tremendously. Bishop published her first poetry book in 1946, North & South. Elizabeth wrote very true and real poems. She wrote about small details of things; she observed everything very carefully and wrote poems based off of what she saw. Many of her poems seemed to be about nature or her traveling. Bishop's poetry style was contemporary. In fact, her last book that she published was just that. It is Geography III and was published in 1977.
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