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After quick scan of the poem One Art the reader should recognize the poem as having the closed form The poem is regular symmetrical and falls into stanzas The first five stanzas have three lines and the last stanza contains four lines A longer peruse of One Art will help the reader identify the villanelle form The first line of the poem is repeated in the 2nd 4th and 6th stanzas while the last word of the first stanza 3rd line is repeated in the 3rd 5th and 6th stanzas The poem appears to have the powerful music effect that is usually associated with a villanelle The poem hints at being autobiographical after reading about Elizabeth Bishops life in the Lives of the Poets section of the text- Literature an Introduction to Fiction Poetry and Drama The personal voice also hints at the poem being autobiographical Further analysis of the poem and Bishops life leads to the discovery of confessional poetry Researching The Microsoft Encarta 96 Encyclopedia tells us that Elizabeth Bishops works will usually highlight the sense of strangeness that can underlay ordinary eventsElizabeth Bishop The text Literature an Introduction to Fiction Poetry and Drama makes reference to Bishops use of metaphor Elizabeth Bishop refers to losing as an art The American Heritage Talking Dictionary defines art as a skill that is practiced art One Art makes specific reference to practicing losing line 7 Loss is defined as a condition of being deprived or bereaved of something or someone loss Loss is not something done intentionally such as the word practice might suggest but it is something that is inherent to humans Perhaps Bishop uses the metaphor of loss being an art to confess the different types of loss in her life In the first six lines the poem refers to losing small things The purpose of some small items is to be lost With the second and third lines so many things
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