Hello people! My poem of this week is called “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop.
I absolutely loved this poem from the very first line. Although the poem actually talks about losing things which could bring pain, but it also talks about accepting that we may experience losses at some point in life but rather than give up or lose hope, the writer talks about overcoming the bad times and moving on by saying it’s “not a disaster”.
Elizabeth Bishop describes losing as an “art” despite the serious issue and quite sad theme in the poem, and I think this kinda reduces the tension of “losing” and giving off a lighter note. Perhaps to show that there’s often some sort of beauty or something to gain from losses. I also see the “art of losing” as perhaps a skill necessary for all of us to learn. Bishop starts off by talking about it so casually by saying “the art of losing is not hard to master” and this more likely emphasizes in it being a skill that may be necessary for survival.
This is just a summary of my impressions of the poem and my own perspective. Let me know what you guys think and what you think of the poem.
Feel free to share some of your favourite poems too! I look forward to reading them. Till next time!
The grey clover