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One Art

One Art

  

by Elizabeth Bishop

Stanza I Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 1-3

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
.

  • This stanza provides the clear opening statement of the poem: it boldly declares that loss isn’t a big deal, and that we should get used to it.

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