Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) is one of America’s best known poets. She wrote precise subtle poems, spending a great deal of time over them, and only published 101 poems in her lifetime. Professor Linda Anderson introduces us to Bishop’s poems, by thinking about Bishop’s home and childhood.
‘View of a Pig’ is one of the great poem titles, suggests Matthew Sweeney, who explains how a good title makes all the difference.
In these films Jo Shapcott gives her tip on writing longer poems, reads her poem “I Tell The Bees” and answers your questions.