Q.1. Do you agree with the poetess that the art of losing is not hard to master? How can we master this art?
Or What is the method of the poetess that is suggesting to us to mastering this art? Do you think that her suggestion authentic?
The poetess says the art of losing is not hard to master. The art of losing, in fact, means to live life, hoping for the best, and to be ready to face and accept the worst. The poetess advises human being to learn the art of losing something. This art saves man from botheration and teaches him contentment.
The poetess advises us to “Lose something every day” to be a master. She says first we should lose small things. Then we must try to lose big and costly things. We should convince ourselves that was intended to be lost. Their loss will bring us no disaster. If we lose something every day like the door keys, the names, the places, the houses, the friends, and costly things, there will be no disaster to come.
In order to make us skillful in the art of losing things, the poetess gives her own example. She loses her mother’s watch, loving voices, happy gestures of love, two rivers, and a continent. She forgets the names of her three houses and two lovely cities but she is not frustrated at the loss of these things. She bears all these losses courageously because she is skillful in the art of losing things. The poetess tells us that we can also master the art of losing things by practice.
The ideas expressed by the poetess in this poem are not practicable. The instinct to possess is very hard in man. How can he lose one thing daily and remain satisfied? So, we cannot agree to the views of the poetess.264
Q.2. Bring out the elements of satire, humor, and in the poem. How are they combined to create the impact sired by the poet?
The poem contains many literary aspects like satire humor and irony. Satire exposes the follies or evils of a person or agency. It is an amendment through correction. The poetess satirized those people who lose one thing after another but do not improve their habits. They always pose that they have never lost anything. They criticize others but do not look at their own follies.
Humour is the ability to amuse others by pointing out one’s own follies. In the poem, the poetess loses things and remains satisfied. She loses her mother’s watch, three houses, two beautiful cities, and her lover. She also has forgotten the lovely gestures and voice of her lover. Still, she is not perturbed. We cannot help laughing at such an attitude of the poetess.
The irony is a mode of speech in which meaning is contrary to the words spoken. The very words “The art of losing is not hard to master” are ironic. The poetess says that losing something is not disastrous is really ironic because everyone becomes tense about losing something. The poetess says that even she has lost two lovely cities, two rivers, and a continent and it didn’t prove a disaster. She also says that she misses these things often. If the loss of these things is not a disaster, she should not miss them. It is ironic.