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Autumn Collins

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Transcript of One Art TPCASTT

"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop

>Villanelle- 19 line poem, two repeating rhymes, two refrains
>Each stanza follows the rhyming pattern [A - B - A], except the last stanza, which is [A - B - A - A]
>Iambic Pentameter
>Symbolism (i.e cities and continents)
>POV: First person, personal
>Diction: Common language


Before reading "One Art", we assumed Bishop was going to speak on a specific type of art or perhaps a metaphor.
Autumn Collins
Hannah Thomascall
Katie Merchat

(Although humans may lose many valuable possessions throughout their life time, nothing can prepare an individual for the loss of a special someone)

Acceptance of the inevitable aspects of life

Title (2):

After reading and analyzing "One Art," we've came to an conclusion that the title refers to the "Art" of losing something or someone.

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About Elizabeth
>She was born in 1911 and died in 1979
>Father died when she was eight months old, mother went to a mental institution when Elizabeth was five
>Influenced by Marianne Moore
>Traveled around France and Brazil quite often
>Won many awards- Pulitzer Prize
>Born in Worcester, Massachusetts
>Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949-1950
>Won the Neustadt International Prize for literature in 1976

One Art
Who is this poem about?

>No one really knows

**Four possibilities**
>Alice Methfessel, partner,
mad because she got engaged to a man
>Lota de Macedo Soares, partner, killed herself
>An old doctor, Bishop was her only friend, died
>Marianne Moore, mentor/ influence, died

What is TPCASTT?

(Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title, and Theme) We use a TP-CASTT Analysis to explore the meaning of a poem.


Elizabeth explains that the "art of losing" is not hard to master because people lose things all the time. And although it is common for people to lose valuables, people dislike losing anything period and will often spend long periods of time trying to find whatever it is they have lost. She then explains that memories (such as the memories she had of specific places) are also easily misplaced in the human brain as well as physical objects. However, is is not a disaster when something is lost, she says, because it is evident that it will happen. In the last stanza, she mentions losing a person, but she never reveals her relationship with that person.
Throughout the poem Bishop keeps a very accepting, nonchalant and unconcerned attitude. She is accepting the fact that everyone loses something and it is normal. However when she gets to the last stanza her attitude changes to a sort of heartbroken attitude. It seems as if she becomes more and more intense towards the end of the poem because instead of losing just a memory or item she loses a person.


>Every stanza results in a shift into a new idea or action that deepens the tone.
**Last Stanza**
>Starts with ‘even’ (shift word)
>Starts with a dash (shift punctuation)
>Stanza break
>Longer stanza


>There is a great amount of repetition used in the poem, taking lines from the first stanza and reusing them at the end of subsequent stanzas throughout the poem.
>Her diction and imagery are precise (clear) so that many individuals (younger aged individuals etc.) can have a clear understanding of what she is saying.
>In the first five stanzas, she seems to be nonchalant and carefree with her loses, saying that she’s lost everything from door keys to a continent, but wasn’t bothered by these losses until she realizes that she has lost a "person"; which she seems to be more worried about.
>The verb “lost/lose” is used too many times, which makes the "lost" of whatever item she has lost loose its importance.
> The final stanza stands out in many ways, including punctuation (use of parentheses to be more precise and even a command), rhyme scheme and the change in diction, where she used a different and more uncommon set of words.
>Tone is carefree to lament (or sobbing kind of tone)

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