Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

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,
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Form: Villanelle

Comments about One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Roxanne Herrera (6/11/2018 3:39:00 PM)

    https:m.poemhunter.compoemi-cant-be-sad check out my poems please ill really appreciate it. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/3/2018 9:32:00 PM)

    Yessssssssssssssssssssss (Report) Reply

  • (5/27/2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Nice and good poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2018 7:50:00 PM)

    Wonderfull peom (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2018 3:16:00 AM)

    An excellent poem that has both surface and deep meaning, depending on how one sees it.The art of loosing isn't hard to master. (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2018 1:57:00 AM)

    so beautifully put.. (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2018 2:37:00 AM)

    We flow with it
    A poem not hard to master,
    Not loving it
    Would certainly be a disaster.
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  • (3/7/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    oooooh, is good (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2017 10:59:00 AM)

    Nice nd interesting poem (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2017 8:37:00 AM)

    Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Glen Sales (9/13/2017 1:52:00 AM)

    Awesome! one of the best poems I like most. truly it illustrates the silence that surrounds every word. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2017 11:37:00 PM)

    beautiful poem...The persistence of living ever after a loss especially if what is lost can be replaced (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/19/2017 11:49:00 PM)

    So many things seem filled with the intent

    Well communicated.

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  • Tom Allport (1/3/2017 11:53:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a lot of things we lose and then we cope, it is all part of being alive. (Report) Reply

  • (3/19/2016 10:21:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • 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

  • 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.
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  • (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

  • (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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