Colm Toibin on Elizabeth Bishop

Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop
May 10, 2015
http://www.ttbook.org/book/colm-toibin-poet-elizabeth-bishop-1

The celebrated Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his admiration for the poet Elizabeth Bishop and the kinship he feels for her.

01:45 confessional, autobiographical poems

02:46 her poems are canonical

4:34 people are very careful about what they say
people hint at things rather than declare them
language of restraint … everything is understated

07:40 we live in an age where you’re meant to–even with the most casual acquaintance–sit down and tell them all about how you’re feeling this week

08:10 somehow speech is not accurate enough, language is not clear enough

related:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/overcoming-the-language-barrier-as-a-brit-in-america

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  1. Pingback: Overcoming The Language Barrier As A Brit In America | franzcalvo

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