Study Guide

One Art Love

By Elizabeth Bishop

Love

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.

– 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.