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- Word Choice – Bishop’s word choice includes a variety of topics about losing things and how she views this process as an art.
- Repetition – The repetition of “art”, “disaster” and “master” shows that Bishop views the thought of losing something ultimately as a disaster, but definitely can be dealt with over time.
- Pronouns – Bishop uses “I” multiple times to illustrate how she feels about losing certain things that are personal to her. She then uses “you” once to illustrate her feelings about losing someone so close to her.
- What is said – Bishop uses short and repetitive phrases throughout this poem. She gets to her point about losing trivial objects and how the loss becomes easier over time. She concludes with the loss of more important things like a loved one is more challenging.
- What is not said – Bishop does not tell the reader who the person she lost is. This demonstrates that her loss of someone so loved is difficult; it is hard for her to mention him/her.
- Punctuation – The use of semicolons and colons allow to reader to ponder what Bishop states before she continues. The small use of exclamation points provides impact throughout this emotional poem. Finally, The use of periods wrap up her thoughts, adequately transitioning into her next thought about loss.
Bishop’s tone could be described as sentimental and yearning. Throughout One Art, she discusses losing possessions of a variety of personal, inanimate things like her mother’s watch, houses, land, etc. At the end, she mentions the loss of an unnamed person that was extremely close to her. The reader sees that she has lost many things in her life. The more she does it, the more masterful she gets over this so called art. The loss of a loved one is different; it is more of a challenge to lose someone you cherish so dearly. Ultimately, Bishop’s tone alludes to loss being unavoidable and something we all have to deal with.