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“One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop 1. Choice: Briefly outline why you chose the particular poem you chose to work on. Provide a few details about the poem that stands out to you and compelled you to choose this poem above all the other choices. I chose this poem because I agree with the idea that there are some things in life that are meant to be lost. But it is clear that certain things are out of control of humans; like the death of a loved one. Bishop's emotional villanelle acknowledges this as she convinces her reader into accepting these losses as part of a natural event. 2. Meaning : Paraphrase (in prose) the general outline of the poem. *Make sure you have a clear sense of what paraphrase is and how it differs from summary as you set out to answer this question. ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911–1979) One Art The art of losing isn’t hard to master; A so many things seem filled with the intent B to be lost that their loss is no disaster. A Lose something every day. Accept the fluster A of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. B The art of losing isn’t hard to master. A Then practice losing farther, losing faster: A places, and names, and where it was you meant B to travel. None of these will bring disaster. A I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or A next-to-last, of three loved houses went. B The art of losing isn’t hard to master. A I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,

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