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Farida Sidikova English 220 Professor Stein May 16, 2017 Poetry Essay Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “One Art,” demonstrates issue of loss faced by many, whether small or big. She starts off with small materialistic losses then goes on to talking about the loss of big things. Through the use of villanelle, rhyme, and meter, Bishop is able to effectively convey the overall meaning of the poem — things are meant to be lost. Nothing is forever. The structure of the poem plays an important role in understanding the poem as a whole. “One Art” is in the form of a villanelle, defined as a “poem consisting of six stanzas containing two rhymes, with two lines repeated in a prescribed pattern” (Kennedy). Throughout the poem, the line “The art of losing isn’t hard to master” (Bishop, 1, 6, & 12) is repeated in each stanza as well as the saying of loss being “no disaster” (Bishop). This repetition, in a way, sounds like a constant reassurance to herself and the audience that losing something does not necessarily have to mean the end of the world. The constant repetition of the words “master” and “disaster” depicts that overtime, people become indifferent to loss and will come to accept it. However, in

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