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Winkler 1Bryce WinklerDr. DutchComposition II March 5, 2020“One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop“The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” is a phrase repeated many times in Elizabeth Bishop’s poem (642). Elizabeth Bishop throughout her poem conveys a message of constantly losing something or someone. This idea can translate into multiple different meanings dependingon what she is “losing”. The tile correlates with this main theme by providing a basis as to why she named the poem, “One Art.” Elizabeth then uses first-person to reveal that she could be the main character of her poem. This helps to clarify her reaction as to what she is losing. By following some stanzas with “none of these will bring disaster,” it brings a sense of neglectfulness to her poem. She also uses very small, minute details to convey a different message that can be interpreted in many ways. Through these points, Elizabeth Bishop’s main idea of what she wants the reader to take away from her poem becomes clear. To begin, the title, “One Art,” conveys this idea of a singular practice. The phrase, “One Art,” relates to the phrase that is repeated throughout the poem of losing something. At the beginning of the poem, Elizabeth Bishop uses the phrase, “The art of losing isn’t hard to master,”to signify that the title of the poem, relates to the idea of the art of losing (642). Through the continual use of this phrase, “the art of losing isn’t hard to master,” the reader can really start to understand the meaning of what Elizabeth Bishop is trying to tell them. This, “One Art,” is something that cannot be shaken from the speaker. Elizabeth Bishop explicitly states, “so many
Winkler 2things seem filled with the intent to be lost,” (642). By writing this, Elizabeth Bishop seems to try and justify why she has lost so many items.