Assignment2 - One Art

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Johnson 1 Jeff Johnson Mr. Paul Jaussen English 111O April 13, 2008 Losing In Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” she explains that “the art of losing isn’t hard to master.” When it first appears at the beginning of the poem, this line can be taken as a philosophical stance; “so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.” This is a statement about the impermanence of the many things we cling to, and suggests an author who has come to terms with that impermanence, even embraced it. This is supported by the next stanza; “Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.” It reads like a lesson in Buddhism. And as the poem progresses, it becomes obvious that Bishop is trying to convince herself of its truth as much as anyone else. The next stanza reads, “I lost my mother’s watch. And look! My last, or next to last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.” This time the last line has a distinctly different tone; these losses are no longer small and easy to deal with. They each have personal meaning for
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course ENGL 111 taught by Professor Anderson,donaldl during the Spring '07 term at University of Washington.

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