One Art - Analysis of One Art Background of the Poem\"One Art was a villanelle written by Bishop in 1976 In this poem line one\"The art of losing isn't

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Analysis of One Art Background of the Poem "One Art" was a villanelle written by Bishop in 1976. In this poem, line one "The art of losing isn't hard to master" reappears in line 6, 12, and 18 exactly. Such kind of exact repetition from time to time impresses the readers the meaning or the intention of the poet. Though "the art of losing isn't hard to master", the situation of losing and results of losing make the poet hysterical and could not restrain her feelings to herself. She tried to calm down and pretend not to care about it. This poem was written after her longtime lover Lota's suicide. At that time, Bishop held complex emotions of both grief and self-condemnation for Lota's death. As for the third line's repetition in this poem, it is not so obvious and rigid. Bishop only chose to repeat the word "disaster" over and over again in line 9, 15 and 19. In practicing the second important systematic repetition of villanelle, Bishop did not obey to the rules strictly. Instead of repeating the whole line, only one key word

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