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Elizabeth Bishop's One Art: Optimism In Defeat

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One Art: Optimism In Defeat The villanelle poem “One Art”, written by Elizabeth Bishop is an optimistic tribute to her deceased lover and intends to reassure herself in her time of grief that it’s almost human nature to lose that which we love, considering her background in loss, her addition of impersonal comments, and her use of clever diction. The poem starts off simply talking about how there are things that we intentionally lose and gradually increases the significance of the thing we’ve lost until she’s talking about losing a loved one. Elizabeth has had her fair share of losing that which she’s loved. When her father passed away, she recieved his inheritance which she used to travel to places around the world. After travelling, she
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