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One Art

One Art

by Elizabeth Bishop

Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last of three loved houses went. (4.10-11)

These losses introduce the notion of loved or precious things, and make us wonder about their impact on the poet’s life.

Quote #2

– Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. (6.16-17)

The narrator never comes out and says that she loved the person addressed here, only "a gesture," yet another coping mechanism for her loss.

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