C2C Charles Weeks
16 September 2013
Why Is Bishop Trying to Convince Us That Losing Is Not Hard to Master?
Bishop is trying to convince us that the "art of losing isn't hard to master" as a way to help her convince herself that it isn't, through repetition, content, and sound, so that she can get over the death of a loved one. By trying to convince someone else of something you can help to trick yourself into thinking the same way. It would be equivalent to telling someone that you have a better chance of winning the Powerball and getting struck by lightning at the same time than of dying in a plane crash during the taxi to the runway because you are terrified to fly, or repeating to yourself that everything is going to be okay.
The "art of losing isn't hard to master" line is repeated four times by Bishop in this short poem.
It almost seems as though she repeats it so often because she is trying to reinforce it to not only the readers, but to herself as well. She starts the poem with this line, which sets it up to be a very important line. She uses this in between the different levels of loss. It is said after losing unimportant, everyday objects, then again after talking about the loss of sentimental objects. The final use is after losing a loved one. She is saying it after every level to say that she is able to cope with that loss, and that the coping wasn't hard. The line changes however, the last time she uses with her saying the "art of losing's not too hard to master." With the change in the line she is admitting that loss is something...