quiz 2 - One Art Background One Art which Bishop wrote in the challenging strict structure of a villanelle Many critics consider it her best poem and it

quiz 2 - One Art Background One Art which Bishop wrote in...

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One Art①Background:“One Art,’’ which Bishop wrote in thechallenging, strict structure of a villanelle. Many criticsconsider it her best poem, and it became one of themost popular poems written in the late 20th century.②Theme: Loss is One Art’s subject, but the poembegins almost trivially. The losses mentioned in thepoem grow more and more significant. First it’s thethings we try to remember, then more specific items,such as a mother’s watch or homes. However, the laststanza reveals a whole lot to us. We discover that theloss that really bothers her is that of a beloved person.③Metaphor: We learn that more abstract things, liketime (the hour badly spent) can also be counted as aloss; The speaker brings in some things that she’s lostthat are obviously of some emotional significance toher: her "mother’s watch" is probably more than just awatch (we can wonder if the mother is dead, orotherwise distant from the poet), while the house thatshe loved was surely full of many personal associationsand memories. ④Imagism:“Some realms I owned,two rivers, a continent” There’s something oddly old-timey about this phrase; The word "realm" is just afancy, antiquated way of saying country or land. Itbrings to mind images of an earlier time, as though shewas the queen of this mysterious place, but now haslost her power. Digging①Background:"Digging" is one of Heaney's earliestpoems but it's a good example of his work as a whole.The poem is devoted to the natural world, a sense ofregional and family tradition, and is chock full of rhymeand other sound effects typical of a Seamus Heaneypoem. ②Theme: First, the theme of skill appears inthe poem. The speaker brings up the skill of both hisfather and grandfather (in regards to agriculture). Asfor the speaker, he is skilled in writing (illustrated bythe snug fit of his pen in his hand). Second, familyproves to be another important theme. The speakerreminiscences about his grandfather's role in farmingand how the speaker used to take milk out to him todrink. Family is shown to mean a lot to the speaker. Thefinal theme of the poem is identity. The speaker seemsto be fighting between becoming a farmer like hisfather and grandfather. That said, he is far morecomfortable with writing than farming. Like the rhythmof digging, the speaker finds rhythm in his words andwriting. ③Metaphor: Digging has a single central

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