Life Experiences And Hardships Through Figurative Language

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Many poets use their writing to show different life experiences and hardships through figurative language or portraying alternative themes. These commonly include, darkness versus light, the coming of age, love, death, isolation and much more. With the combination of symbols and metaphors, authors use poetry to explore the deeper meanings and connections of the world. The twentieth-century poet, Elizabeth Bishop used poetry to prove her connections with the world, while also identifying her own personality and experiences. A variety of her poems like, “The Fish,” “One Love,” and “In The Waiting Room” connect to various stages of her life. Drawing on her past, Bishop was able to use relatable situations to create images of true life in…show more content…
With age, she also discovered a love for poetry, art, and music. Bishop entered Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York from 1930 to 1934. In her last year of college, Bishop graduated, lost her mother to mental illness, met Marianne Moore who later was a big part of her life, and began her adventures traveling. After graduating, Bishop found herself exploring the cultures of Key West, Paris, Mexico, Brazil, North Africa, and Ireland for almost two decades. Within that time, Bishop gathered the inspiration to write multiple poems and books to jumpstart the fame in her writing career.. Shortly after traveling the world, Bishop set sail on a sea voyage across the world, eventually settling in Brazil with her partner Lota de Macedo Soares for the next 20 years, until Soares took her own life in 1967. She also spent a great deal of time suffering from severe asthma and increasing alcoholism due to her childhood experiences Once she overcame her alcoholism, in 1970, Bishop continued publishing her writing and became a teacher at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts until she retired. Throughout her lifetime, she was awarded seven honorary degrees and offered over a dozen fellowships and prizes. Some of these included being one of the first women and Americans to win the Guggenheims and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award in Poetry. Bishop’s reputation increased after
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