Thought I’ll share one of those poems I seem to like a lot. The art of losing isn’t hard to master… the refrain
Poet: Elizabeth Bishop
Title: One Art
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

— Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) a disaster.


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11 thoughts on “”

  1. RockSea, Mist ExactlyG I found it weird when introduced to it for the first time… Bhavya u know what, I wanted to put up a pic of a measuring tape :)) but the blogger pic link is on leave:(


  2. Very nice poem. Enjoyed reading it. Ms. Bishop stresses the importance by repeating the same line many times. Also, it looks like she loses things that are higher and higher in value. She starts with losing the door keys and ends up with losing a continent.


  3. Reminded me an old tamil saying "Palayana kalidalum pudiyana pugudalum vazhuvala 'Pazhaiyana Kazhidhalum Puthiyana Puguthalum Vazhuvala Kaala Vagaiyinaane!" The rough translation goes as " Discarding old and entry of new are not bad, its just time's change *I know i killed the original line*


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