Often in life one gravitates towards what one knows, has lived, and has experienced. This is what is comfortable to the general public and most do not try to venture away from the flock. This is the opposite in Elizabeth Bishop’s case. Growing up in a family filled with issues, twists, and turns her life was anything but normal. Bishop uses poetry to create order, beauty, and stability to an otherwise bland world; this can be seen by analyzing her poems. Sometimes it would take Bishop a few years to write a poem, because she would focus on the small things one might overlook and make an effort to bring out the natural beauty of an object. (www.etsu.edu)
This is amazing to me because Bishop did not have much to be happy about at an early age. Her Father died before her first birthday in 1911, and her mother was mentally ill. (www.etsu.edu)Later as she became a poet one might think her poems would be dark, and possibly full of hate and death. The opposite is true, and despite all she has been through she often finds beauty in everyday objects “Some comic books provide the only note of color-certain color” where another might fail to look. (21-23) Bishop’s poems touch some aspect of childhood, even though hers was unhappy, and full of pain. It is through her poems that Bishop creates order and a sense of belonging and splendor.
Bishops poem is characterizes her ability to describe and add attractiveness to things someone else might dismiss as daily script. A gas station such as the one described in the poem “oil-soaked, oil-permeated” is not really a place you would expect anyone to even attempt to find a glimmer of aesthetics. She not only finds examples of this “lie upon the doily embroidered in daisy stitch with maruerites”. (24-31) Her use of detail and precision analysis allows her reflect on the filling station’s pied luster. Bishops word choice even stirs up a bit of mysticism when she says “the oil-permeated to a disturbing over-all black translucency”. (3-5)
Why Elizabeth Bishop was Considered to be Dickonsonian in Her Writing Style Poet Elizabeth Bishop was as simple as she was complex. The lucid and uncomplicated images she created with her seemingly elementary style were anything but; in fact, the complexity that resides within her characteristically simple prose, which demonstrate a purity and precision like no other, are known only to those who ...
Bishop has a very distinct poetic voice, and seems to retell the world through a woman’s eyes. (www.english.uiuc.edu) “Father wears a dirty oil-soaked monkey suit/do they live in the station”? A woman has a way of picking things out about her surroundings quickly and effortlessly. She looks at the lot and immediately she notices the uncleanliness of her immediate atmosphere. The ground isn’t just dusty it is soaked in oil “this little filling station oil-soaked, oil permeated to a black translucency”.(2-4) The whole filling station has lost its own color of yester year to give the appearance of looking through a oily cup. As she further examines the station she notices subtle signs of elegance and grace. “Beside a big hirsute begonia/somebody waters the plant”: Bishop is has spotted a touch of love amongst the unruly domain of the oil pits. (26-35)
“The Filling Station” begins in a very prissy feminine tone. She also uses words ending in y in the beginning to further emphasize the dirtiness of the oil, and she sets the stage for the following lines. “Oh, but it is dirty! This little filling station”: from the very beginning of the poem the reader can get a visual of a woman looking down on the gas station at first glance. She views it as the grim, grubby, oily place yet she notices a softer, warmer more feminine presence there. Immediately she is impressed and amazed by the color of the color comic book provides. This appeals to her and she begins to see the station for more than what it is. She notices that this is a family business with furniture a dog and a porch. She isn’t oblivious to the fact that the items aforementioned are dirty, but at least she took the time to notice the happy family dirty dog and all. Bishop uses intricate descriptions of things to invite the reader in. Her poem is very conversational and allows the reader to participate. (www.etsu.edu) This all ties into the fact that Bishop is able to suck the reader in to believe there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Then when about all hope is lost she provides that spark of her heightened appreciation for simple beauty. Bishop toys with examples of stereotyping and judging a book by its cover to develop a point of not all hope is lost. In the midst of this filthy oil-ridden station she finds a bubble of beauty that was able to sustain it’s self enough to be noticed.
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In the fifth stanza Bishop begins to ask the question why. There is a series of why’s at the beginning of the sentences and this goes hand and hand in the sound of this stanza, but also in the understanding of the dainty objects. “Why the extraneous plant? Why the taboret? Why, oh why, the doily? I think and heavy with gray crochet”. (28-33) Mutlu thinks the very question seems generate by the literal pattern of the poem: “doily” includes “oily” the poem was set to a humming or rhyme of –y (University of Illinois Press, 1988).Then she provides some clarity and understanding while still holding on to the mysticism. A woman’s touch seemed to grace the station in streaks “Somebody embroidered the doily”. (34) By doing this she lets the reader draw their own conclusion as to where the streaks of beauty came from. Are they left by a mother, girlfriend, or some past feminine entity? We don’t know she lets us ponder this question till she rides out the rest of the words. Who added those cans there, who planted the begonia, who crocheted the doily?
There was also a collage of cans arranged in a way to add simple beauty to the desolate filling station “Somebody arranges the rows of cans so that they softly say esso-so-so-so to high strung automobiles.”(36-39) The touch of a woman is an amazing thing and it can be a mighty tool. The cans are saying so to the hustles and bustles of the snooty on lookers. Often we look down on things and people because of our on situations. We never stop to think what a person might be going through or experiencing. The cars in the Filling station represent the world, and the cans are telling so at least they have the love of each other. All the cans need in life is each other to stick together and they will survive and make it. This is also the same for the father, his sons, and the filling station.
Question Paper Design SA 2 English Communicative Classes IX & X Code No. 101 The design of the question papers in English Communicative for classes IX & X has undergone a few changes. They are as under: Section A –Reading: 20 marks (Question 1-4) In the existing scheme of the question paper Students answer questions based on four unseen passages carrying five marks each –all the ...