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John Holmes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318092

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317743

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Reading Bishop Reading Darwin

Reading Bishop Reading Darwin

(p.181) Chapter 11 Reading Bishop Reading Darwin
Science in Modern Poetry

Jonathan Ellis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses how Elizabeth Bishop's appreciation for Darwin's writings figured in her poetry, and identifies a kinship of outlook and even literary character between the two. Bishop was clearly indebted to Darwin as a model of how an author might describe and think about the natural world. As a scientific poet, Bishop was influenced by Darwin through his ideas and thinking or, sometimes, simply his use of language. For Bishop, Darwin's writings and the attitude they encapsulate were of more significance than his theories themselves.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Darwin, scientific poetry, language

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