An Analysis Of Elizabeth Bishop's 12 O'clock News

2444 words - 10 pages

An Analysis of Elizabeth Bishop's 12 O'Clock News

In “12 O’Clock News,” Elizabeth Bishop accentuates the difficulty involved in perceiving the “truth.” She utilizes a technique of constructing an exotic world out of objects that can be found in a newsroom. By defamiliarizing a newsroom, she questions our trust in what we perceive. Is it truly a journey to another world or just another perspective on something we are already familiar with? The intent of this transformation is to create a substitute for reality, analogous to the substitute reality which the media presents to us each day as its product, the “news.” The news media are capable of creating a world beyond what we see everyday, presenting us with what appears to be the truth about cultures we will never encounter firsthand. Bishop’s manipulation of a newsroom parallels the way the media distorts our perception of the world, and by doing so questions our ability to find our way out of this fog which is “reality.”

By choosing the newsroom to manipulate in “12 O’Clock News,” Bishop draws attention to the relationship between the news and the public. Bishop never directly admits that it is a newsroom with which she has defamiliarized us. One indication of the setting being a newsroom is the format in which she presents the information. Along the left margin, Bishop includes a title or subject matter for each stanza, similar to the inclusion of a headline for each news story. These titles serve as clues to the reality of what she is presenting, allowing or urging us to relate the two or to keep in mind that although the objects she presents seem foreign, they are actually common and known to us. Comparing the two creates a clouding of perception; although the truth or fact lies at the side of the stanza, what is presented seems almost entirely different. The title, “12 O’Clock News,” also suggests that the setting of the poem is a newsroom by referring both to the “reporting” of the surrounding area that we are reading and also to the function of the room and objects in the real world. The pile of manuscripts or the “slight landslide [that] occurred in the northwest about an hour ago” (lines 13-14)* links the surroundings with the newsroom. These discarded manuscripts are not found in a generic office setting.

Juxtaposing a real and fanciful interpretation of objects, Bishop separates each of the objects from the technological terms that ordinarily are used to describe them and depicts them with a naturalist language, which make the objects not readily recognizable without the label off to the side accompanying the description. Bishop adopts a naturalist language, which would usually be expected in a description of a rural or completely untouched area. By applying this language to various objects in the newsroom, she disillusions the reader with this created world. Using this technique, Bishop distances us from the familiar object in order to question our understanding of our...

Find Another Essay On An Analysis of Elizabeth Bishop's 12 O'Clock News

Analysis of "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop

735 words - 3 pages Poets use many literary devices to extend the meaning of poetry they are writing. It not only extends the meaning, but also gives a better overall feeling of how the poem should be interpreted. One example of literary devices is the use of imagery. Imagery is a collective sense of images given throughout the meaning of the poem itself. A great poem that shows the use of imagery is the poem by Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station. The poem

Journal Review - Incoherence of the moral "ought", an analysis of a paper by Elizabeth Anscombe entitled, 'Modern Moral Philosophy.'

642 words - 3 pages The Incoherence of the Moral 'Ought,' a journal article by Duncan Richter, is an analysis of a paper by Elizabeth Anscombe entitled, 'Modern Moral Philosophy.' In this analysis, Mr. Richter is only concerned about Anscombe's second thesis, which states as follows:The concepts of moral obligation and moral duty (what is morally right and morally wrong, and the moral sense of 'ought,' ought to be jettisoned if this is psychologically possible

“Our Top Story”: Analysis of News Conventions in the NBC Nightly News

3537 words - 14 pages know in a simplified and mostly objective fashion. The NBC Nightly News follows a very predictable structure in regards to the types of stories covered and the sequence in which they are presented. Each broadcast begins in the same fashion. Brian Williams begins each episode by briefly outlining the top stories the news team is covering. The stories provided in these opening moments follow a common pattern and will give the viewer an

An Anyalsis of the poem 'The Fish' by Elizabeth Bishop

681 words - 3 pages The poem 'The Fish' by Elizabeth Bishop is a narrative poem told in first person about the capture of a fish by an amateur fisher and the progression of the understanding for the beauty of nature.As the poem progresses the speaker moves from a sympathetic pitiful view to a respected and admiring view of the fish. The internal confrontation of the speaker is aided with vivid imagery and similes. The speaker convinces the reader alternatively of

An essay explaining the main outlines of the genre of television news

1707 words - 7 pages dedication to the genre. Here is an example of how news programmes dominate the channels daily schedules: Typical day's listings (Wednesday 4th December 02)6:00 - 9:15amBreakfast3hrs & 15mins1:00 - 1:30pmNational30mins1:30 - 1:45pmLocal15mins6:00 - 6:30pmNational30mins6:30 - 7:00pmLocal30mins10:00 - 10:25pmNational25mins4:10 - 6:00amNews 242hrs 10 minsWe are exposed to 7hrs, 45 minutes and 16 seconds of news bulletins a day, from The BBC alone. This

Analysis of A World Where News Traveled Slowly by Lavinia Greenlaw

983 words - 4 pages Analysis of A World Where News Traveled Slowly by Lavinia Greenlaw Lavinia Greenlaw’s nostalgic poem “A World Where News Traveled Slowly,” captivates readers with its brilliant description of the evolution of communication. The poem is chronologically ordered, giving us the effect of how communication moved through the ages. The modern poem is written in three stanzas each describing a different form of communication

Analysis of 'The Shipping News' by Annie Proulx concerning the issue 'Retreat From The Global'

1527 words - 6 pages The Shipping NewsNot so long ago, countries and communities were identifies on their culture and heritage, it was what made us unique to our homeland. But in recent years, through the breaking down of communication and social barriers, the degree of separation that once defined our culture has diminished. As a result, our unique ways, our identity is being lost. The cause of this loss, globalisation is steaming ahead at an increasing speed and

Analysis of an Advertisement

2035 words - 8 pages Analysis of an Advertisement The intention of doing this treatise is to deconstruct and scrutinize a cake advert called ‘Death by chocolate’. In this treatise I will try to explain the importance and intent behind the different techniques used to sway the reader to buy the product. Finally I will give my own

An Analysis of Marketing

2787 words - 11 pages An Analysis of Marketing As defined by Kotler and Armstrong (1994) marketing is “a social process by which individuals and groups obtain what they need and want through creating and exchanging products and value with others”. Marketing is an extensive topic. Primarily when we consider what is marketing we think about the advertising, publicity and selling of a product or service. In actual fact the prime concern of

An Analysis of Freakonomics

1282 words - 5 pages whose job is to analyze people’s social behaviors and why they occur. To accomplish the task of analyzing social behaviors, an economist has two advantages which largely distinguish them from other non-economic researchers of society: the assumption of the economic rationality of the decisions of people and verification of facts through the data analysis. Economic rationality is the assumption that people will make decisions that are best for them

An Analysis of Democracy

1174 words - 5 pages freedom to name a few. Contrast President Bush's depiction of democracy with these words from a member of the American Anti-Socialist League (AASL): "The inherent morality of democracy claimed by its champions is a figment of the human imagination. It derives not from a logical analysis of democracy, but from a vague, instinctual feeling that justice and the protection of rights are linked to majority rule. Nothing could be further from the

Similar Essays

Stylistic Analysis Of News Report

1490 words - 6 pages examples in [2.2]:[2.2] Bold types: ANGELA Merkel has rejected David Cameron's plea for urgent action on the euro - and even branded the PM "impatient".Capitals: Eurobonds, City profitsItalics: The plan has the backing of US President Barack Obama - but Mrs. Merkel flatly refused to support it.Space: Each paragraph was double-spaced (see the appendix).From the analysis above, we can see that all the graphological devices used in the news have their

Analysis Of 12 Angry Men

929 words - 4 pages The play 12 Angry Men is one of the greatest plays I’ve seen. I read the novel and saw both movies but my favorite was the Broadway play we saw as a class. The play was so alive and made me really feel like I was in the jury. The play was about a young man on trial for the murder of his father. The play showed how one man didn’t give up in what he believed to be true. The play also showed a powerful leader who fought till the end. The

News As An Entity Of Politics

1489 words - 6 pages . Star April 2/97). The implication of family in this article attempts to make an association with the family orientated reader. These three articles all illustrate that depending on the purpose of the journalist different techniques of journalism are used to accommodate the respective journalistic purpose.The quality of news is reliant on its clarity. "Clarity of News is reliant on how journalists relate it to human interest through journalistic

Analysis Of A News Article On Economics

1935 words - 8 pages economies. Many news articles today are centered on the economy and current events. One of these articles lends itself to many economic principles and ideas. Even though there are many important topics not covered in the article, the article titled, "You Are What You Owe" in Time, encompassed many general economic principles as well as the many macroeconomics indices illustrated in the article. Article Summary The article titled “You Are