One Art Elizabeth Bishop Analysis

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One Art- Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop, “One of the most important American poets of the twentieth century” as written by Larry Rohter of the New York Times. Elizabeth Bishop was a famous American poet and short-story writer, producing over 100 works during her lifetime. As a child, Bishop’s parents were abruptly removed from her life before she reached the age of being able to remember them long term. Her father grew ill and passed on before she was one year old and her mother was forced into a mental institution when Bishop was about five years old (Poetry Foundation ). She moved around from house to house, each with family members she was estranged from except for her grandparents. However, Bishop was still taken away from the only house
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Every experience, good or bad, is a part of who you are as a person and that will never change. Bishop emphasizes symbolism in this way, listing all of the things she has lost and throughout this poem, is persistent in her notion that she believes “the art of losing isn’t hard to master” (Bishop) until the end. In the last stanza, instead of saying “the art of losing isn’t hard to master”, she says “the art of losing isn’t too hard to master although it may look like disaster” (Bishop). Throughout all of the lists of everything that had been lost, it wasn’t hard to master. However, in the last line of the last stanza after some of her losses had been accounted for, Bishop then proceeds to tell her readers that even though all of this has happened the art is still not too hard although it may look like disaster. What you see on the outside is so much more different than what is occurring on the inside. Maybe someone is experiencing something that may seem like a disaster on the surface, but it is quite possible that disaster is not what they’re feeling on the inside. If you think about it, it is almost the opposite of having something bottled up inside. Instead, your laundry list is hung for people to see, yet you feel

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