Elizabeth Bishop February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979
Life • Born in Worcester Massachusetts • American poet and short story writer • First book was published in 1946 • One of her influences was Marianne Moore • Robert Lowell
Life Cont. • Lived in Brazil for many years • Communicated with her friends only by letter • 1956 Pulitzer Prize for her collection • Complete Poems won the National Book Award in 1970 • Awarded the Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets in 1964 and served as a Chancellor from 1966 to 1979. • She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1979
One Art The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day . Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places, and names, and where it was you meant to travel. None of these will bring disaster. I lost my mother’s watch. And look! My last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster. -Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident the art of losing’s not too hard to master though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster. Losing things are very easy and is bound to happen so when you end up losing it, it doesn’t matter any more. Things are lost on a daily basis so get used to it Practice losing small things first or practice the thought of losing First she started losing small things then she started losing bigger it may effect her emotionally but physically it didn’t like a disaster. she is saying that “it’s evident the art of losing’s not too hard to master, relates to the joking voice because when you joke about something you are usually over it. when you joke about something you are doing it to make you self feel better.