Elizabeth Bishop

Worcester, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Bishop
Worcester, Massachusetts
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One Art

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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.
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 29 November 2020
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. very nice poem. ton y
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Bjpafa Meragente 20 December 2019
The art of loosing and acceptance of decay is as it may. The inverse of boiling the lobster alive... Indeed a disaster. With unavoidable phases, no predictability mingled in a tapestry of danger, fight or flight, stay or depart, an art without reliable treaties or crush courses.
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Kaniamudhu shanmugam 12 November 2019
The final twist is superb. The poem maintains it’s tempo till the end.
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funny 04 November 2019
i love this poem it kind of reminds me of joker kind of edgy like that. im kind of like the joker in a lot of ways and this poem really resonates with me. im kind of insane if you dont know me and a lot of times people just dont understand the pain, ha ha. But this poem is perfect for me and i really like it thanks langston hughes for this master piece.
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McGhee 03 November 2019
Where is Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
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Juwon Daniel 23 September 2019
THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING NOT JUST A READER BUT AN APPROVER OF GREATNESS. MY SINCERE APPRECIATION.
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Shweta 06 August 2019
I am touched
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Adeeb Alfateh 03 July 2019
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 greatly writing great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Brian 04 November 2018
Nice poem. Loved it
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Sunita Chandla 15 July 2018
Quite insightful
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