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One Art - Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.


Comments about One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Rookie - 346 Points Robert Howard (3/19/2016 10:21:00 AM)

    A most elegant Villanelle from a writer certainly mastered poetic language. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 11 Points Vladimir Petani (3/11/2016 10:15:00 AM)

    Art, loss, mastering. Nothing can be mastered in our lives, least of all in art. But Art (write it!) gives us the best way of coping with disaster and emotional ruin that it entails (write (right) it!) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Judy Meibach (2/18/2016 11:13:00 PM)

    This is by far one of the most profound poems I have ever read - it is my favorite - while I find the villanelle to be a little bizarre, this particular piece is extraordinary, in all its best - it was used in an American film last year that talked about Alzheimers - and worked so beautifully in this realm (Report) Reply

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Poems About Loss

  1. 1. One Art , Elizabeth Bishop
  2. 2. O Captain! My Captain! , Walt Whitman
  3. 3. A Loss Of Something Ever Felt I , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. The Loss Of Love , Countee Cullen
  5. 5. Reluctance , Robert Frost
  6. 6. Loss And Gain , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. 7. Sonnet 42: That Thou Hast Her, It Is Not.. , William Shakespeare
  8. 8. Loss And Gain , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. 9. Mother's Loss , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  10. 10. Upon The Loss Of His Mistresses , Robert Herrick
  11. 11. On Death , Khalil Gibran
  12. 12. Lines On The Loss Of The "Titanic" , Thomas Hardy
  13. 13. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. The Loss Of The Eurydice , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  15. 15. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  16. 16. The Lover Mourns For The Loss Of Love , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. The Widow's Lament In Springtime , William Carlos Williams
  18. 18. On The Loss Of The Royal George , William Cowper
  19. 19. Epitaph On William Muir , Robert Burns
  20. 20. Nothing Remains , Sri Chinmoy Ghose
  21. 21. Dreams In The Dusk , Carl Sandburg
  22. 22. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  23. 23. Who Never Lost, Are Unprepared , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  25. 25. You Were You Are Elegy , Mary Jo Bang
  26. 26. Feeling The Loss Of Him , Raymond A Foss
  27. 27. Token Loss , Kay Ryan
  28. 28. Losses , Randall Jarrell
  29. 29. The Loss Of The Victoria , William Topaz McGonagall
  30. 30. The Missing , Suheir Hammad
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