Why Is A Good Poem Good?

Longenbach, James
March 2011
Salmagundi;Spring/Summer2011, Issue 170/171, p169
Poetry Review
The article offers poetry criticism of the poem "Brazil, January 1, 1502," by Elizabeth Bishop. It explores the pentameter and quality of diction of the poem's two opening lines "Januaries, Nature greets our eyes/ exactly as she must have greeted theirs." The use of the poetic language Januaries and Nature is explained. The author also notes that "Brazil, January 1, 1502" is a free-verse poem that uses pentameter. Moreover, the author comments on the poem's syntax rhythms and length of lines.


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