Essay about Analysis Of The Poem One Art By Elizabeth Bishop

1496 Words Feb 29th, 2016 6 Pages
In the poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop, she describes the process of attempting to lose the memories of once happy moments. Even though many may conceive the concept of love as something that will last forever, it is actually something that will expire as time goes by; after love expires, many seek ways to move on from their once happy life. The poem is a way for Bishop to vent out her feelings of despair since, throughout her life, she never received any parental love from her parents due to her father’s death, and her mother’s mental illnesses; henceforth, causing her to feel disconnected or so, wanting to lose these hardships in her life. Through the use of desperate repetition, meaningful symbolism, and a naive tone, Elizabeth Bishop portrays how people view losing memories as the cure for their depression, which is proven false due to people only deceiving themselves into thinking that they are alright. Throughout the poem, the narrator repeatedly says that “the art of losing isn’t hard to master”, in order to take their minds off everything bad and convince themselves that everything will be alright. When a person goes through such despair, they would do almost anything in order to alleviate the mental pain that they will have to go through. One of the most common ways of doing so is by telling themselves that they are alright and it is just something small in their life. Such as when the narrator says “None of these will bring disaster…I miss them, but it…

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