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Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel


by Elizabeth Bishop

Analysis: Calling Card

Detail, Detail, Detail

That "folded sunset." Those "carelessly clacking" clogs. Those "slime-hung and barnacled" ships. Phrases like this—unique, detailed, and incredibly specific—are what Bishop is famous for. In "Questions of Travel," she slowly evokes entire scenes before our eyes.

It feels like we're at the waterfalls with our speaker, like we're listening to the sounds of the clogs against the "grease-stained" gas station floor with her. Bishop was a master of detail and description. Even now, we can almost hear that brown bird singing…

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