One Art: Analysis

One Art: Analysis
Interpreted by: Andrea Martinez,
Monique Chan, Idali Ramos,
Armando Barrientos , Lupe Olide
Elizabeth Bishop Bio
• Born in February 8, 1911 in Worcester Massachusetts. Died October 6th
• Bishop was an only child when her father died before she was a year old.
• Her mother suffered through a series of mental instabilities and was
permanently committed to an institution when she was 5 years old.
• She never saw her mother again.
• She was taken care of by her maternal grandparents who lived in Nova
Scotia Canada.
• After some years her paternal grandparents took care of her, they were from
• Bishop was sent to the elite Walnut Hills School for Girls and to Vassar
• She founded the literary Journal Con Spirito with Mary McCarthy, Eleanor
Clark, and Margaret Miller which was an alternative to the wellestablished Vassar Review.
Elizabeth Bishops Bio cont.
• After graduating she lived in New York and traveled
extensively in France, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and North
• In 1938 she move to Key West where she wrote many of
the poems that eventually where collected in her to
Pulitzer price winning North and South.
• In 1944 she lived in Brazil for 14 years where she and her
lover the architect Lota de Macedo Soares lived.
• Soon after her lover took her own life.
• In 1967 to spend less time in Brazil then in New York,
San Francisco and Massachusetts wish she took a
teaching position at Harvard in 1970.
• She wrote One Art for her lover Lota de Macedo Soares.
• Triplet: any group or combination of three.
• Quatrain: a stanza or poem of four lines, usually
with alternate rhymes.
• Fluster: to become agitatedly confused.
• Vaster: of very great area or extent; immense
• Realms: a royal domain; kingdom
• One Art has a modern Villanelle structure.
• Villanelle: a French verse form, strictly
calculated to appear simple and spontaneous;
five tercets and a final quatrain, rhyming aba aba
aba aba aba abaa. Lines 1, 6, 12, 18 and 3, 9, 15,
19 are refrains. Refrains are lines that are
repeated several times.
Rhyme Scheme
• This poem also contains three Half Rhymes which are "Fluster" "Last, or"
and "gesture."
• Triplet 1:
Line 1 – refrain 1 (rhyme A, "master")
Line 2 (rhyme B, "intent")
Line 3 – refrain 2 ("disaster")
Triplet 2:
Line 4 (rhyme C, "fluster")
Line 5 (rhyme B, "spent")
Line 6 – refrain 1 ("master")
Triplet 3:
Line 7 (rhyme A, "faster")
Line 8 (rhyme B, "meant")
Line 9 – refrain 2 ("disaster")
• Triplet 4:
Line 10 (rhyme D, "last, or")
Line 11 (rhyme B, "went")
Line 12 – refrain 1 ("master")
Triplet 5:
Line 13 (rhyme A, "vaster")
Line 14 (rhyme B, "continent")
Line 15 – refrain 2 ("disaster”)
Line 16 (rhyme E, "gesture")
Line 17 (rhyme B, "evident")
Line 18 – refrain 1 ("master")
Line 19 – refrain 2 ("disaster")
• The tone of this poem is survivor, but the
speaker talks in a detached tone to show the
reader the articulate tension between the
realities of life and the force of circumstances.
The poem also have enjambement on :
triplet 1, line 2
triplet 2, line 1
triplet 3, line 2
triplet 4, line 1
quatrain, lines 1, 2, 3
1st Stanza Analysis
• In the first stanza Bishop is trying to make
people realize that losing things isn’t hard. She
says that something's are meant to be lost or
have that intention.
• When Bishop says this she is saying that it’s not
meaningful, because the items were meant to be
lost so it’s no “disaster”.
2nd Stanza ANALYSIS
• In the 2nd stanza Bishop is losing door keys. The
door keys are something small, and have little
significance to her. When she says, “the hour
badly spent” she is saying that time is being lost,
because one is looking for the door keys.
• She finishes the stanza by saying, “the art of
losing isn’t hard to master”. When she says this
Bishop means that losing things are easy.
• In the third stanza Elizabeth Bishop is saying
that it is better for you to get use to the idea of
losing things of value. Once you get used to the
idea of losing something the pain goes away with
every loss. So in the end losing precious items
won’t be such a big deal, because you have
gotten use to the idea of losing something.
4th Stanza Analysis
• In the fourth stanza the loss has become greater.
She lost her mothers watch which had
sentimental value. This watch was the only thing
that she had left of her mother.
• In the this stanza she also starts to pause more.
The pauses mean she is starting to lose control.
Notice how she keeps repeating “The art of
losing isn’t hard to master.” She keeps repeating
this to convince her self that losing valuable
things isn’t so hard to master.
5th Stanza Analysis
• As the poem progress in the 5th stanza the
pauses, become more frequent. The loss also,
becomes more valuable. She loses two cities, two
rivers, and a continent.
• At the end of this stanza she says, “ I miss them,
but it wasn’t a disaster.” by saying this she is
trying to convince her self again that she is not
feeling pain.
6th Stanza Analysis
• In the last stanza she’s reminiscing about her lover.
She’s remembering her gestures. As she states,
“(Write it)” she is forcing herself to accept the truth,
and that it actually really is a disaster for her. When
she states, “the art of losing’s not hard to master”
she is being ironic. In the last line she’s showing her
true sentimental loss for it.
• Throughout the whole poem she seems very self
controlled, and puts this act that she’s not really
bugged about what’s she’s lost. When she starts
talking about her lover in the last few lines she
couldn’t help her emotions, and basically shows that
losing this person was a disaster.
Meaning of the title
• The title “One Art” implies that dealing with loss
is a type of art its self. Towards the end the
author also mentions that she needs to write
down her emotions. Writing is another art she
uses to express herself. The title “One Art” then
means that it’s the art of coping, losing, and
writing all in one.
1. When was Elizabeth Bishop born?
2. When did Elizabeth Bishop die?
3. What structure is this?
4. What is the poem about?
5. Explain the title?
6. True or False does this poem have enjambment?
7. Where is the enjambment?
8. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
9. What’s the name of her lover?
10. What is the One Art?

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