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Nicholas ShawDr. Bowen27 October 2011Perfecting the Art In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art”, hyperbole, repetition, and a complex villanelle structure portray the speaker’s feeling that losing is an impasse that happens in everyday life and the sardonic tone the speaker possesses, ultimately revealing that no one is ever going to be prepared for losing, yet it happens to everyone. Bishop ends three of the stanzas with the same line, “The art of losing isn’t hard to master.” The useful repetition helps create the sardonic tone that the speaker holds toward losing.Though this may seem like tautology by repeating the line multiple times it is almost as if the speaker is mocking those that believe in losing as an art. This reveals that no one will ever be prepared for lose though it may come around every corner.Later in the poem Bishop includes a hyperbole of the time how the speaker lost two cities. “I lost two cities, lovely ones.” (line 13) When the speaker says they lost two cities, which