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ENGLISH – Elizabeth Bishop – Essay

Elizabeth Bishop The poetry of Elizabeth Bishop appeals to the modern reader for many reasons.  The descriptive, vibrant language of Elizabeth Bishop transcends through time to appeal to every reader in all of her poems. In “The Bight”, she uses a vast array of descriptive words to convey her message. “Crumbling ribs of marl that protrude and glare” are used to signify the imperfection of the bight. Bishop appears to relate to the unconventional and unattractiveness bight. She uses several metaphors and similes to convey the disorder of the poem – “like torn-open unanswered letters, the Bight is littered with old correspondences”.

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