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Essay Interpreting "One Art" By Elizabeth Bishop

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Essay Interpreting
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In "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop, the speaker's attitude in the last stanza
relates to the other stanzas in verse form and language. The speaker uses
these devices to convey her attitude about losing objects.
The verse form in "One Art" is villanelle. The poem has tercet stanzas
until the last, which is four lines. In the first three stanzas, the poem
is told in second person. "Lose something every day." seems to command one
to practice the art of losing things. In the three stanzas, first person is
used, and the speaker relates how she "lost her mother's watch" and other
life incidents. However, the speaker addresses her beloved "you," and then
in the last line, herself.

Language in "One Art" is simple, yet many literary devices are used. The
last line repeated, to the effect of "The art of losing isn't hard to
master" suggests that the speaker is trying to convince ...

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