by Elizabeth Bishop
One Art Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (stanza.line)
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, names, and where it was you meant
to travel. (3.7-9)
Here, loss is re-defined not only as the loss of objects or even time, but of memory itself.
I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. (4.10-11)
These curious statements lead us to wonder what significance these objects, which are no longer random, but rather very specific, have for the poet.