Rhetorical Analysis Of Elizabeth Bishop 's One Art

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“One Art” is a villanelle filled with sad sentiments of encouragement towards accepting loss. Elizabeth Bishop uses her tone to pull emotions from the reader that could be confusion and disagreement. Her tone deeply impacts the reader in such a way that it causes him/her to seriously think of accepting her opinion and advice. The capturing way she uses her tone in her word choice shows the reader her natural inflexion when she speaks. The tone of her work even affects her characterization. In “One Art,” Elizabeth Bishop uses tone to convey a character of false casualty, while also using it to emphasize the very heavy impact of her diction. In the first lines of “One Art,” Bishop’s tone is that of a melancholy nature. She states that “losing isn’t hard to master” (line 1). She follows this by proclaiming that everything intends to “be lost” from the beginning, so disaster should not be felt when those losses take place (line 3). Erin Christian talks somewhat of this in her essay, “On Loss in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’.” One may infer that Bishop’s tone, in these lines, reflects this opinion of easiness with the rhyming of the word “master” with “disaster” (Christian 541). This style is used in a villanelle to be rigid and almost unplanned, which reflects the tone of Bishop’s words in that her opinions and statements throughout are rather unfocused or disorganized. The way that she encourages her readers to “lose something every day” is, in her view, a way to get used to the

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