Title

Reading Elizabeth Bishop as a Religious Poet

Document Type

Article

Department

English (Scripps)

Publication Date

1998

Disciplines

American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Women's Studies

Abstract

Elizabeth Bishop is usually described as a modernist poet with a skeptical mind. This essay contests the critical tendency to dismiss religion as a serious concern in her poetry, by first challenging the widespread dismissal in the United States of all religious approaches to modern poetry and then challenging the tendency to disclaim attempts to read Elizabeth Bishop in religious terms. The essay includes a close reading of “The End of March” as a text which invites intertextual commentary from a Christian perspective.

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