life, many poets tend to render it. Such a theme is illuminated upon by Elizabeth Bishop, a
distinguished 20th century American poet, who, unlike other poets of her time, usually did not
write about personal details of her life in her poems. However the poem One Art can arguably be
a contradiction to this fact; for Bishop expressed emotions of losing her dear friend in the voice
of the speaker through out the poem. One Art is a poem about inevitable loss and the incognizant
of the difficulty in acceptance. In the first few stanzas the poet creates the impression that she
accepts losing objects as something so trivial and exceedingly small that it does not flip her
life upside down but as the poem continues her emotions are leaked and the readers are able to
witness her true feelings as the thing she loses becomes greater in value to her.
The poem is about the speaker's notion, that losing things in life is an art and that it is not
hard to master such an art because everything “is filled with the intent to be lost.”(1:2) This short
quote can have two meanings; on the surface it can mean that the objects she talks about are
so small that they are inevitable to lose, like keys and minutes spent doing frivolous activities.
However as shown in the final stanza this poem is truly about the lost of someone dear to her and
the poet is trying to portray the fragility of a life, as it is created with the intent to be lost (death
is unavoidable and everyone must succumb to it.) The speaker articulates tension between ones'
own need to control specific life events and the difficulty in the reality of act...
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...y ties together the notion of
inevitability and disaster.
Imminent or impending loss represent the focus of the poem, as the speaker explained, it
is in the nature of most things to be lost whether it be something unimportant to us or something
we deeply love. No matter the feelings one may have for something, impending loss is always
right around the corner. Even something as intangible as our memory and hours spent in a day
are subjected to being lost. We forget names, places and time spend doing trivial activities that
most often do not impact our lives enough for us to remember them.
Whether we choose to accept the pain of losing something or dismiss it as something
trivial, the important fact that should be taken away from this poem is that loss is inevitable and
most often always tend to correlate with the feeling that is disaster.
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