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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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The Journey of Lines

The Journey of Lines

(p.144) Chapter 4 The Journey of Lines
Elizabeth Bishop

Linda Anderson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bishop's artistic passions that include wavering lines, appearance and disappearance, and kites. It considers Bishop's appreciation of visual art and her interest in painting, as shown by her admiration for the work of the painter Paul Klee. It also discusses Bishop's use of lines in her paintings and as a means of tracing other representational objects. Drawing on some of her poems ranging from ‘The Moose’ to ‘One Art’ and ‘Santarém’, the chapter argues that voice is part of the achievement of her poetry. It also explores Jacques Derrida's views about the line or trace and Bishop's allusions to nets in her writing.

Keywords:   poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, lines, kites, visual art, painting, Paul Klee, voice, Jacques Derrida, nets

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