july 2021

07jul6:00 pm8:00 pmSANDPIPER BY ELIZABETH BISHOP**This Study is Now Full**6:00 pm - 8:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day


Event Details

“Since we do float on an unknown sea, I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way carefully; who knows what might depend on it”

Elizabeth Bishop

Photo by William Foley on Unsplash

Elizabeth Bishop is a poet of details and absences. She explores the world around her, always looking for truth even in the most ordinary observation, with poems that are both controlled and expansive. Sandpiper, written on a return visit to Bishop’s childhood home in Nova Scotia, effortlessly evokes a moment watching a bird searching for food on the shoreline. At the same time she makes the bird a personification of herself, endlessly searching for something, something, something.

Sandpiper can tell us much about Bishop’s vision of our relationship to nature, uncertainty and art.  Through repeated readings and discussion, we will work towards a great understanding of this exquisitely constructed poem. It is also quite likely that we will spend some time on the question “Why do so many poets write about birds?”

Salon Details:

  • Facilitated by Caroline Hammond
  • Single meeting study, Wednesday 7 July 2021, 6-8.00 pm
  • £25 includes background materials and opening notes

TO REGISTER for the study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £25. Contact us if you prefer to pay by direct bank transfer. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration. The study is limited to 10 participants. Please contact us if you have any questions.

*** This Study Is Now Full***