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  • Elizabeth Bishop
    RUNDOWN
    “At the Fishhouses”
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
  • After WWII, for some poets, a poem is :
    • An attempt to explore, tame, and distill raw experience
    RUNDOWN
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    • The product of retrospection
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
    • A gesture of composure after the initial shock
  • Bishop’s Techniques:
    • Observations/details
    • Panoramic beginning
    RUNDOWN
    • A moment of focus, zooming in, specificity
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
    • Zoom back out
    • A different focus
  • Robert Lowell
    RUNDOWN
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
  • Letter to Lowell
    “mixing of fact and fiction”
    RUNDOWN
    “infinite mischief”
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    “it’s cruel”
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
    Conflicting poetic aesthetics
    What is lit meant to accomplish? How?
  •  
    “To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage”
    "It is the future generation that presses into being by means of these exuberant feelings and supersensible soap bubbles of ours."
    —Schopenhauer
    "The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
    Our magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen.
    My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
    and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
    free-lancing out along the razor's edge.
    This screwball might kill his wife, then take the pledge.
    Oh the monotonous meanness of his lust. . .
    It's the injustice . . . he is so unjust—
    whiskey-blind, swaggering home at five.
    My only thought is how to keep alive.
    What makes him tick? Each night now I tie
    ten dollars and his car key to my thigh. . . .
    Gored by the climacteric of his want,
    he stalls above me like an elephant."
    RUNDOWN
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
  • Confessional poetry
    • Life Studies, Robert Lowell
    RUNDOWN
    • Highly personal & private events & emotions
    • “I” is the poet
    Elizabeth Bishop
    Robert Lowell
    Letter to Lowell
    Confessional
    • Maintain craftsmanship