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Poem by Elizabeth Bishop


Conversation


The tumult in the heart 
keeps asking questions. 
And then it stops and undertakes to answer 
in the same tone of voice. 
No one could tell the difference. 

Uninnocent, these conversations start, 
and then engage the senses, 
only half-meaning to. 
And then there is no choice, 
and then there is no sense; 

until a name 
and all its connotation are the same.



Elizabeth Bishop


Elizabeth Bishop's other poems:
  1. Strayed Crab
  2. At the Fishhouses
  3. Songs for a Colored Singer
  4. Lines Written in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook
  5. View of the Capitol from the Library of Congress


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Cowper Conversation ("Though nature weigh our talents, and dispense")
  • Ella Wilcox Conversation ("We were a bakerТs dozen in the house-six women and six men")

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