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Elizabeth Bishop and Her Poem Filling Station Elizabeth Bishops skill as a poet can be clearly seen in the thought- provoking poem entitled Filling Station She paints the different language levels of poetry with the skill of an artist-- she seems to have an eye for detail as she contrasts the dark and dim reference of a filling station to a more homey pleasant atmosphere Bishop aptly arranges her words and expressions through the language devices of voice and metaphor In Filling Station Bishop uses tone of voice brilliantly through the use of phonetics to create the poems initial atmosphere The opening seems to be offering a straightforward description of the filling station Oh but it is dirty -this little filling station oil-soaked oil-permeated to a disturbing over-all black translucency A closer inspection of the passage reveals quite a visual oil-soaked picture This is created in large part by the oily sounds themselves When spoken out-loud the diphthong oi in oil creates a diffusion of sound around the mouth that physically spreads the oil sound around the passage An interesting seepage can also be clearly seen when looking specifically at the words oil-soaked oil-permeated and grease- impregnated These words connect the oi in oily with the word following it and heighten the spreading of the sound Moreover when studying the oi atmosphere throughout the poem the oi in doily and embroidered seems to particularly stand out The oozing of the grease in the filling station moves to each new stanza with the mention of these words In the fourth stanza big dim doily to the second last stanza why oh why the doily Embroidered to the last stanza somebody embroidered the doily Whereas the oi sound created an oily sound of language throughout the poem the repetitive ow sound achieves a very different syntactical feature The cans which softly say ESSO--SO--SO--SO create a wind-like blowing effect from the mouth Each SO allows for
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