Elizabeth Bishop was born in Massachusetts to William T. and Gertrude May Bishop on February eight, 1911 as an only child. Her father passed away when she was only eight months of age and her mother suffered a number of nervous breakdowns and was entered into a mental hospital when Bishop was five in 1916. This was what had separated Elizabeth and her mother for the rest of their lives. At age three, Bishop was sent to Nova Scotia to live with her mother’s parents until she was taken in by her father’s family at the age of six. By the time she was eight years old, she had lived in four different households. “These circumstances undoubtedly influenced the future poet in negative ways,” (Estess, 1).
In autumn of 1930, Bishop entered as a freshma...
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