New York

Gill, J. (2021) New York. In: Cleghorn, A. and Ellis, J. (eds.) Elizabeth Bishop in Context. Series: Literature in context. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, pp. 38-47. ISBN 9781108495974 (doi: 10.1017/9781108856492.005)

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Bishop’s Florida, Brazil, and Nova Scotia poems have, over the years, accrued significant scholarly attention. This chapter turns to a less clearly delineated set of New York poems and argues that from her early years in the city as a recent graduate (1934–5) into the late 1960s and beyond, New York’s culture and environment exerted a pull on Bishop’s imagination and an influence on her aesthetic. We see this from early poems and drafts such as “Love Lies Sleeping” (1937) and “Varick Street” (1947) to much later ones including “Five Flights Up” (c.1973) which, although not necessarily written in or even explicitly about New York, is nevertheless inflected by her experience and memories of it.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gill, Professor Jo
Authors: Gill, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:06 August 2021

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