Elizabeth Bishop and the Music of Literature

  • Angus Cleghorn

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

About this book


Elizabeth Bishop and the Music of Literature brings together the latest understandings of how central music was to Bishop’s writing. This collection considers Bishop’s reworking of metrical and rhythmic forms of poetry; the increasing presence of prosaic utterances into speech-soundscapes; how musical poetry intones new modes of thinking through aural vision; how Bishop transforms traditionally distasteful tones of violence, banality, and commerce into innovative poetry; how her diverse, lifelong musical education (North American, European, Brazilian) affects her work; and also how her diverse musical settings have inspired global contemporary composers. The essays flesh out the missing elements of music, sound, and voice in previous research that are crucial to understanding how Bishop’s writing continues to dazzle readers and inspire artists in surprising ways.


poetry meter and rhythm in poetry North American music European music Brazilian music popular music musical poetry Elizabeth Bishop

Editors and affiliations

  • Angus Cleghorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Seneca CollegeTorontoCanada

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