An essay by Kim Howey of University College London analysing this poem and John Ashbery's 'Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror'. Amongst other things it discusses Bishop's usage of imagery and features several close readings.
In this essay, Catherine Cucinella of California State University looks at the role of the grotesque in Bishop's poem, and its relationship to gender and sexuality. With reference to Bakhtin, Lacan, Kristeva and others.
An essay by Martha Marinara, an Assistant Professor at Armstrong State College, looking primarily at the roles of imagery and gaze in this poem, with reference to the work of Lacan, Foucault, and others.