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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Landscape and Knowledge

Landscape and Knowledge

The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop (1975)

(p.105) Seven Landscape and Knowledge
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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the works of American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Many critics have categorized her as either an epigone of Marianne Moore or another in the line of female imagists but her best poems show her to be an epistemological poet in the tradition of William Wordsworth and S. T Coleridge. This chapter argues that Bishop's poems pose essential questions about the relationship between experience and knowledge, between what is empirically ascertainable and what must be deducted or inferred.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Bishop, American poet, epistemological poet, Marianne Moore, William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge

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