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One Art

One Art

by Elizabeth Bishop

One Art Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What do you think the poet means by "the art of losing" and how serious is she about this idea?
  2. How important is the poem’s form to your reading of it?
  3. What effect does the refrain have upon your understanding of the poem’s tone? How does the meaning of this single line change throughout the piece?
  4. What are we actually meant to believe about the poet’s reaction to her losses?
  5. How honest is the poet with herself? With her readers?

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