Analysis Of Elizabeth Bishop 's ' Love Lies Sleeping ' Essay

1306 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Living in a city is something most people struggle with at some point in their lives, though must struggles aren 't beautifully crafted into poems. "Love Lies Sleeping" is a poem written by Elizabeth Bishop was written in 1936 and later published in 1938, while living in New York. The poem about Bishop looking out of the city from her window, taking in all of the little details. It has an odd form, consisting of 15 stanzas, each with two long lines followed by two shorter ones that are indented[^1]. There are also two distinct sections: dawn and sunrise, the divide happens between 10 and 11. One of the key features of this poem is Bishop 's impressive use punctuation, which also helps to highlight her use of double-meanings.

The stanzas are in chronological order, starts with dawn, as seen from Bishop 's window, and finishes with sunrise. We can also assume that the stanzas are in chronological order because a sentences that begins in one normally flows into the next stanza, sometimes spanning two or three. As a result of the odd punctuation and enjambment, the poem reads quite quickly, with sentences and thoughts tied closely together. The stanzas contain 2 sets of lines contain 9-13 syllables (averaging about 11), followed by two lines of 4-7 syllables (averaging about 6). This is consistent throughout the poem, but is seen nowhere else in Bishop 's work, nor any other poets, for that matter. This sees to be a format unique to this poem. In the print books that contain…

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