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Elizabeth BishopLines of Connection$
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Linda Anderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748665747

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665747.001.0001

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A Window into Europe

A Window into Europe

(p.32) Chapter 2 A Window into Europe
Elizabeth Bishop

Linda Anderson

Edinburgh University Press

During the 1930s, Elizabeth Bishop made two trips to Europe, the first from July 1935 until June 1936, and the second from June to December 1937. Bishop's first voyage triggered an intense physical reaction in her, especially when she was in the company of other people, and seems to have produced in her an intense self-consciousness. In her poem ‘The Man on the Raft’, she mentioned the ‘great Baroque circles’ made by the boat she rode. This chapter examines Bishop's travels to Europe and the way she encodes her intimate life in her poetry. It analyses the poems she wrote based on her experiences in Europe, her interest in art and architecture, the role of maps in her early childhood, and her ideas about geography and history as well as psychoanalysis. It also considers the influence of surrealism on her poems.

Keywords:   poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, Europe, art, architecture, maps, geography, history, psychoanalysis, surrealism

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