How does Bishop's carefully judged use of language aid the reader in uncovering the intensity of feeling in her poetry?

The poem "One Art" represents the best evidence for the thesis that Elizabeth Bishop's careful choice of language aids the reader in understanding the underlying intensity of her poetry.

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I can think of a number of Bishop's poems that would provide evidence for the idea that her careful choice of language (diction) underscores her poetic intensity. The most powerful example would, I think, be the villanelle entitled "One Art."

In "One Art," the diction is deceptively simple. The speaker insists that the art of losing things is quite easy and no "disaster." Many things can be lost: keys, time, places, names, houses, rivers, and a continent. What matters most is how people learn to deal with the inevitable and growing losses. Readers may adopt the speaker's refrain:


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