There was a time in her career when Elizabeth Bishop was wary of literary theory and literary criticism. Bishop was particularly dismissive of any attempt to read too much into her poems, even as she read widely in art criticism and was an astute critic herself. She employed face-to-face encounters and a child's point of view in her poetry, along with puns and half-rhymes. This book deals primarily with Bishop's poetry and her writing process, with emphasis on the complicated ‘lines’ that connect her poems and other writing. Drawing extensively on her letters and unpublished notebooks, it examines Bishop's richly textured words and voice, her literary and cultural context, and her connection with other important contemporary figures such as Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva and Melanie Klein.
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