Look at any of Elizabeth Bishop’s poems for evidence that she pays careful attention to detail. What sort of detail can you find?
Some of Bishop’s poems, such as “The Moose” and “First Death in Nova Scotia,” draw on Canadian settings. What specifically Canadian details do you find in her work?
How does Bishop portray time in her work?
Bishop is sometimes seen as a writer who keeps a distance between herself and her reader. What evidence can you see of that in her poems?
What stanza forms can you find in Bishop’s poems?
What do Bishop’s poems reveal about her feelings about travel?
What kinds of landscapes seem to have interested Bishop in her many descriptions of them?