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Elizabeth Bishop hit the nail on the head with her poem “One Art.” She was able to articulate common occurrences in a way that brings about a sense of sorrow with the loss of each item. She designed the poem in a way to make the reader slow down and take the time to feel what she is trying to portray. Along with loss there is a sense of longing and foreboding, both of which bring in new complexities and levels to which the reader must try to understand.

That being said, the poem seems to be saying more than what is written. If one thinks about it, with the art of losing not being hard to master, then the loss of someone close should not be hard to accept. When one is used to losing things of more gradual importance over time, then when would one know they have lost something or someone of real importance? It turns out, however, that the art of losing is not as simple as it seems. There is a line that can be crossed where it becomes a disaster.

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