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...speaker continues to bury her emotional backlash from the event. This is the first time the speaker expands the details of what she has lost though “Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love)”, it is clear that these are things the speaker remembers fondly and her cavalier attitude waivers when remembering them. The speaker struggles to follow her own rule of not lingering in the past and just moving forward. In the end she forces herself to continue living in the lie and continues to insist that even her current tragedy is not a disaster, although the vulnerability and weakness of her argument is apparent with the true meaning of (write it!). The speaker needs to force herself to believe that she has in fact mastered the art of losing and no matter how negative things look she will not let it be a disaster, the “One Art” occurs in this compulsory action.
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