In "One Art," Elizabeth Bishop repeats the words "lose," or "losing," several times as she tries to convince the reader that she has mastered "the art of losing." Let's go through the poem and look at each instance of the words's usage.
The first stanza of the poem reads as follows:
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
In this section, the denotations of "losing," "lost," and "loss" are straightforward. The speaker is referring to literally losing "things." The connotation
of losing in this stanza is similarly understated. The speaker claims that "their loss is no disaster," so the speaker doesn't feel these losses as deep or tragic. She also gives the objects some agency by saying that they seem "intent" on being lost, so their disappearance is an overt choice on the part of the "many things."
In the second stanza, the speaker continues,
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the...
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