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  • POEM: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (12/15/2015 10:14:00 AM)

    There were quotation marks around her -* joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied -* that didn't show up in my original post. I wonder why but in the event that they don't show up again I have marked the quote with an asterisk or star.

  • POEM: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (12/15/2015 10:02:00 AM)

    When Bishop refers to a loss of her mother's watch it isn't literal. I believe she is referring to the loss of time, time she couldn't have with her mother because her mom was institutionalized when Bishop was a child. Some losses are trivial, keys and poorly spent time but others you might never recover from. The loss of geography could refer to her two week visit to Brazil, in what was supposed to be a step in her South American tour, becoming seventeen years because she fell in love with Lota de Macedo Soares. Lota was a Brazilian woman who became the love of her life. The poems eulogizes the death of Lota, her joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied. This loss was a disaster when Lota killed herself while visiting Bishop after being hospitalized in Brazil for a nervous breakdown. After Lota's death Bishop spent most of her time in the states hence the loss of several geographic locations. It is a great poem but the content or meaning behind the words is heartbreaking.

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