Past exam questions on Bishop

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2016
‘Bishop uses highly detailed observation, of people, places and events, to explore unique personal experiences in her poetry.’
Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop on your course.

2013
‘Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.’
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop on your course.

2009
‘Elizabeth Bishop poses interesting questions delivered by means of a unique style.’
Do you agree with this assessment of her poetry? Your answer should focus on both themes and stylistic features. Support your points with the aid of suitable reference to the poems you have studied.

2006
‘Reading the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.’
Write out the text of a talk that you would give to your class in response to the above title.
Your talk should include the following:
– Your reactions to her themes or subject matter.
– What you personally find interesting in her style of writing.
Refer to the poems by Bishop that you have studied.

2002
‘The poetry of Elizabeth Bishop appeals to the modern reader for many reasons.’
Write an essay in which you outline the reasons why poems by Elizabeth Bishop have this appeal.

2001
‘Introducing Elizabeth Bishop.’
Write out the text of a short presentation you would make to your friend or class group under the above title. Support your point of view by reference to or quotation from the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop that you have studied.

Notes written by Justus Baier on ‘The Prodigal’

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Justus Baier from 5th year, one of our overseas students, has written an excellent set of notes on Elizabeth Bishop’s poem ‘The Prodigal’. He has kindly allowed them to be shared here on the blog.

 

Some more students from 5A3 have agreed to publish their notes here too and we look forward to reading them over the coming weeks.