JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2010, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (4): 87-90.

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Impersonality of Tension in Elizabeth Bishop-s Poetry

WANG Wen-fei   

  1. Department of Foreign Language, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2008-10-10 Online:2010-08-20 Published:2010-10-14

Abstract:

Elizabeth Bishop, one of the most important poets in the twentieth-century American literary world, is recognized as unique mainly for her objective and the "imaginative" images and the detachment in her poetry. This article attempts to study the tension in Elizabeth Bishop-s poetry based on T. S. Eliot-s "Theory of Impersonality" and to draw a conclusion that Bishop-s tension in poetry comes from two aspects: firstly, her objective imagination; secondly, her evasion of emotion through the revelation of "universal truth" and the strategy of surrealism.

Key words: Elizabeth Bishop, objective imagination, evasion of emotion

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