Analyze the poem “Late Air” by Elizabeth Bishop.

In “Late Air,” Bishop uses parallelism and imagery to reflect on the nature of love. She repeats phrases with similar structures like “radio-singers” and “fortune-tellers” to create a sense of rhythm. It's almost like her reflection on love is a love song itself. The image of “dew wet lawns” also sharply contrasts with the image of phoenixes burning "where dew cannot climb." This contrast suggests that love which does not appear as magical as summer love is actually most powerful.

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In Elizabeth Bishop ’s poem “Late Air,” the speaker reflects on the complex nature of love. In the first stanza, she observes the hazy, magical feeling of love on summer nights. She writes about the sound of love songs spreading across “dew wet lawns” and notes that the sound may pierce the listeners' marrow with its thoughts about love. Like a fortune-teller's guesses, she writes, the guesses about love in these songs are "whatever you believe." This observation suggests that the speaker feels like people interpret love songs based on their own personal experiences of love. It is almost as if the radio-singers are witnesses to each listeners’...

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