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Elizabeth Bishop, Leaving Cert Complete Poetry Notes

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Table of Contents

The Fish 5

The Fish 5

Summary 6

Annotation 7

The Bight 9

The Bight 9

Summary 9

Annotation 11

At the Fishhouses 12

At the Fishhouses 12

Summary 13

Annotation 15

The Prodigal 17

The Prodigal 17

Summary 17

Annotation 18

Questions of Travel 19

Questions of Travel 19

Summary 20

Annotation 21

The Armadillo 23

The Armadillo 23

Summary 24

Annotation 25

Sestina 27

Sestina 27

Summary 28

Annotation 29

First Death in Nova Scotia 31

First Death in Nova Scotia 31

Summary 32

Annotation 32

Filling Station 34

Filling Station 34

Summary 35

Annotation 36

In the Waiting Room 38

In the Waiting Room 38

Summary 40

Annotation 41

Sample Answers 44

2013 Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry. 44

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop on your course. 44

2009 46

Elizabeth Bishop poses interesting questions delivered by means of a unique style. 46

Do you agree with this assessment of her poetry? Your answer should focus on both themes and stylistic features. Support your points with the aid of suitable reference to the poems you have studied. 46

2006 48

Reading the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. 48

Write out the text of a talk that you would give to your class in response to the above title. Your talk should include the following: – Your reactions to her themes or subject matter. – What you personally find interesting in her style of writing. 48

Refer to the poems by Bishop that you have studied. 48

2002 50

The poetry of Elizabeth Bishop appeals to the modern reader for many reasons. 50

Write an essay in which you outline the reasons why poems by Elizabeth Bishop have this appeal. 50

The Fish

The Fish

I caught a tremendous fish

and held him beside the boat

half out of water, with my hook

fast in a corner of his mouth.

He didn’t fight.

He hadn’t fought at all.

He hung a grunting weight,

batt...

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