What are some of the techniques used by Elizabeth Bishop to reinforce the themes of the poem "Sandpiper"?

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Before we can discuss the techniques that Elizabeth Bishop uses to reinforce her theme, we must realize her poems rarely have an easy moral or a clear "meaning."  What Bishop's poems do have--and "The Sandpiper" is no exception--is precise description of the physical world.   What does it all mean?  In this case, it may just mean that we are all like the sandpiper: "preoccupied, / looking for something, something, something." 

Both the meter and the rhyme of the poem are...

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