Analysis Of One Art By Elizabeth Bishop

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Elizabeth’s Bishop “One Art” Poetry Analysis In the poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop is written in villanelle form and iambic pentameter with some shifts in rhyme scheme. The poem also uses the “Aba” rhyme scheme which repeats words that have the same ending consonance. Bishop did loose many loved ones in her life which inspired her to write this poem. Elizabeth describes the loss of possessions, places and people. Trough out the whole poem, it mentions the loss of small things such as keys and large things such as realms. In this poem it is not so much the “Art” of losing, but rather the “Skill” of losing. Bishop uses refrain in the repeated line: “The art of losing isn’t hard to master” or better interpreted as “The skill of losing isn’t She also lost a loved one, whom in this poem is theoretically referring to her Brazilian lover Lota de Macedo Soares who attempted suicide, the day Bishop left Brazil to move back to New York, and died a week later. In the poem “One Art” the thesis statement declared in the first stanza, on the first line as “The art of losing isn’t hard to master” also repeating it again in line 6 and 12. The statement is better interpreted as “The skill of losing is not hard to attain”. Bishop speaks in the poem as if she has successfully mastered the skill of losing. She also goes around in circles admitting that the art of losing is not hard to master as if that is what she is making herself believe is true. She is also helping the reader create a habit as the reader reads and repeats the refrain of “The art of losing isn’t hard to master” not to mention the line 4 where she tells the reader to make it a habit to, “Lose something every day”. The poem becomes personal on line 10 when she uses first person and says “I lost my mother’s watch”. She is letting the reader know what she has lost in reality. Then she gets sidetracked to mention other things she has lost she then mentions other things she has lost of much more importance such as houses, continents, realms, and cities but then again mentions it was not so On line 16 Bishop uses a long hyphen sara to pause before she breaks down and says “¬¬–̶ Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture/”. She is remembering the qualities of the lover she lost. On line 17 when Bishop uses the present tense words “I love…” as if admitting that she still loves the person she lost. Then again as followed on line 17 “…I shan’t have lied. It’s evident”. She admits that she lied in her poem. As mentioned before the thesis repeats in line 18 of the last quatrain stanza but this time uses an extra word, “too”. The word “too” actually means that losing is “not so easy” as she had believed it was at the beginning of the poem. The use of enjambment throughout the poem goes beyond the literal meaning. Bishop’s use of enjambment within the lines interpret that when one loses someone it is not the end of that pain but rather that the pain will always be present and what matters is how one person copes with that pain and accepts the fact that one will always lose. There is much resistance in Bishop’s words from the beginning of the poem when she uses the word “master” as if having control and then switches to the opposing word “disaster” as if out of control. The use of Bishops words at the beginning of the poem refers to her earlier years when she lost her father when she was eight months old which was not so hard

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