by Elizabeth Bishop
Stanza III Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.
- The losses mentioned grow somewhat more significant, though they are still vague.
- The speaker brings up the kinds of things we all attempt to remember but eventually forget – you know the things you maybe mean to write down but never do, like people’s names, or places you’ve been, or places you’d like to go.
- These losses still aren’t too important.