Hrishikesh Hirway reads “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

Hrishikesh Hirway reads “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop


Hi my name is Hrishikesh Hirway and I’m
reading One Art by Elizabeth Bishop. I first read the poem in college and then
I later came across it in this book, The Conversations by Michael Ondaatje, with
Walter Murch. In the book they show the first draft
of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem and then the final draft as well, and this spread in
this book became an inspiration for a podcast that I make called Song Exploder,
where musicians talk about how a song of theirs was made from beginning to end.
So I already loved the poem but then when I came across it again it had this new significance and so it has a special place in my heart.

26 thoughts on “Hrishikesh Hirway reads “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop”

  1. forever thankful for this channel and the wonderful poems it keeps bringing to my attention. it's so lovely to have a place online where i can allow myself to feel and think deeply. all the poems are so beautiful in wildly different ways!

  2. I like how the title, "One Art" can take two meanings. One – as in singular and all encompassing as loss tends to be. But also Won – as if the prize and price of living is loss.

  3. Maybe it’s personal taste but so far all the poems are either rushed or spoken in a robotic, monotone voice. If this channel is going to grow it needs professional voice actors, story tellers, (although most of the readers so far are supposed to be exactly that)
    One Art is deceptively simple, it’s heart breaking yet uplifting. None of this is conveyed in this rendition.

    An English Master Student from Switzerland

  4. Gosh, I love this poem. The idea that loss is something you practice through your life, and then the last stanza suggesting that even the speaker hasn’t completely mastered her feelings around it. I also love that Hrishikesh bookmarked the page, so he wouldn’t lose this poem!

  5. I first encountered this poem in Edward Hirsch's analysis of it, in his book 'How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry.' And yes, I did fall in love with this one. Wonderful gradation and description of loss.

  6. I've loved this poem since I first came across it, and Hirway's reading pinpoints one of the main reasons. A villanelle is so repetitive that it's hard to write/read one that doesn't end up sounding forced, or at least sing-songy. But this one…it's masterfully conversational. And that subtle build. And that last stanza. Man.

  7. I love how this poem implies also finding things. It describes everything that the author has lost while subtlely imply that it's all okay because they have found another city, continent or the knowledge that the art of losing isn't too hard to master.

  8. I actually have this poem posted on a corkboard in my office (although the version I have is slightly longer). It was already there when I started at my job 4 years ago and it's never left.

  9. My best friend and I stopped talking just a couple of days ago. The friendship is lost and that's all I could think about.

  10. The art of losing isn't hard to master.
    I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster

    These lines are my absolute favourite and mean so much ❤️💙

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