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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

  • Gold Star - 69,730 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/3/2016 1:25:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 19 Points Maria Keeney (12/26/2015 4:24:00 PM)

    What's surprising to me is that so many people interpret the line: 'I lost my mother's watch' as an actual 'wristwatch/pocket watch/timepiece'. I have always wondered if Bishop intended 'watch' as in 'watchful eye/ one that watches over her child' because her mother was gone from Bishop's life when Bishop was only a small child. She lost her mother watching over her- hence, 'lost her mother's watch'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Susan Manipole (12/15/2015 10:14:00 AM)

    There were quotation marks around her -* joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied -* that didn't show up in my original post. I wonder why but in the event that they don't show up again I have marked the quote with an asterisk or star. (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
  31. 31. Close The Eyes , hasmukh amathalal
  32. 32. Makes Me Bleed , hasmukh amathalal
  33. 33. Loss Of Memory , hariharans sundaram
  34. 34. What Is Loss? , Sylvia Chidi
  35. 35. I Lived Not , hasmukh amathalal
  36. 36. Loss Unbearable, Loss Irrepearable , Ulveena Aitzaz
  37. 37. Falling Tears , Tommie Cobb
  38. 38. Loss Of... , Michael Ernst
  39. 39. Eurydice , Hilda Doolittle
  40. 40. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  41. 41. When I Look At You , TP Sage
  42. 42. Song (Sylvia The Fair, In The Bloom Of F.. , John Dryden
  43. 43. Loss , BEAU GOLDEN
  44. 44. Ch 04 On The Advantages Of Silence Story.. , Saadi Shirazi
  45. 45. The European Debt Crisis- 2012- Updated .. , Lonnie Hicks
  46. 46. Loss , Connie Webb
  47. 47. L Losses Are Sometime Good... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  48. 48. Enough Said , Nadalia Bagratuni
  49. 49. Sonnet Xlii , William Shakespeare
  50. 50. To Fine Lady Would-Be , Ben Jonson
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