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Elizabeth Bishop

What does the fish most likely symbolize in Elizabeth Bishop's poem, "The Fish"?

One interpretation of "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop allows that the imagery of a rainbow of colors on the fish symbolizes the victory of the fish, which affects the epiphany of the speaker. This...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2016 9:54 pm UTC

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In Elizabeth Bishop's "Letter to N.Y.," please identify several of the literary devices that she uses in the poem.

Bishop uses apostrophe in this poem, which is when a poem's speaker directly addresses someone or something who isn't there. Because the poem is called a "letter," and because in the first line the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 10:59 am UTC

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What are some of the techniques used by Elizabeth Bishop to reinforce the themes of the poem "Sandpiper"?

Before we can discuss the techniques that Elizabeth Bishop uses to reinforce her theme, we must realize her poems rarely have an easy moral or a clear "meaning." What Bishop's poems do have--and...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2010 7:57 am UTC

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How does Bishop's carefully judged use of language aid the reader in uncovering the intensity of feeling in her poetry?

I can think of a number of Bishop's poems that would provide evidence for the idea that her careful choice of language (diction) underscores her poetic intensity. The most powerful example would, I...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 8:37 pm UTC

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Which three lines in this excerpt from Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish" show that the fish has given up struggling for...

In lines 5 to 7, Bishop writes: He didn't fightHe hadn't fought at allHe hung a grunting weight Yet this fish she holds half out of the water is not a thing to be pitied but rather respected and...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 10:39 am UTC

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Sandpiper - Elizabeth Bishop What does 'controlled panic' means in Elizabeth Bishop's poem 'Sandpiper' means? Also,...

finical, awkward,in a state of controlled panic, a student of Blake I would suggest that the reference to Blake indicates the nature of his poetry and the task of students. The task of students...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2011 5:38 am UTC

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What does Elizabeth Bishop's poem titled "Sandpiper" imply about the theme of identity?

Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Sandpiper" implies that identity is bound up with one's place or setting. The sandpiper in this poem is acutely alive in his surroundings. To the extent that he understands...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018 2:47 pm UTC

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Could somebody please explain the Poem 'Pink Dog' by Elizabeth Bishop and the prejudice expressed in this poem?

This poem refers to a historical event in 1962 when beggars on the streets of Rio de Jainero were being cruelly murdered by the "Death Squad." In this poem, the speaker is started by the sight of a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 9:43 pm UTC

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With Elizabeth Bishop's poem "A Miracle for Breakfast," what are some things in the poem that can be used for a paper...

Typical of Bishop's poetry, "A Miracle for Breakfast" is a pictorial poem with vivid descriptions, a poem that incongruously conforms to strict form as a sestina while it evolves into surrealistic...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 8:24 pm UTC

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 Discuss the poem and explain to whom the lantern belongs in Elizabeth Bishop's poem "A Prodigal."

Elizabeth Bishop’s Poem “A Prodigal” follows an unusual form: it is a double sonnet. Each of the stanzas is fourteen lines with the first stanza following the Italian sonnet format and the second...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 3:23 am UTC

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What is "The Fish" about by Elizabeth Bishop? Why so many images about flowers in the poem?

This is one of my FAVORITE poems! It is literally about a fish that the speaker in the poem has caught. The speaker observes it carefully (studies it, really) and describes it in GREAT detail...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2008 3:26 am UTC

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In the poem "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop what is the most effective simile that she uses?

To determine what Bishop's most effective simile is in this poem, we must first remember what similes are (explicit comparisons using "like" or "as"), and then look at effectiveness. In a work of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 6:41 pm UTC

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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry often goes beyond description to reveal valuable insights about people's courage and...

Although Bishop does use quite vivid description in "The Prodigal," that's not what primarily interests her. As she wants to elicit sympathy for this broken-down alcoholic, she goes beyond mere...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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Analyze the poem “Late Air” by Elizabeth Bishop.

In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Late Air,” the speaker reflects on the complex nature of love. In the first stanza, she observes the hazy, magical feeling of love on summer nights. She writes about the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 5:02 pm UTC

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How to analyze a elizabeth bishop poem? any specific methods or ways that are special? I have an IB english oral...

As general words of advice, I would recommend that you be prepared to discuss Elizabeth Bishop’s poems in terms of two critical approaches, the New Critical and the biographical. The New Critical...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2011 5:16 am UTC

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Help with Elizabeth Bishop: Writing Conclusion i have to write appreciation of Elizabeth Bishop in a public talk...

You might find it helpful to visit two pages here at eNotes: Here is an excerpt from "How to Write a Speech in 10 Easy Steps": 8) Conclusion. This often seems to be the most problematic part for...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2008 9:04 am UTC

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In "A Prodigal," what warning do you think the "first star" gives to the prodigal? "But evenings the first star came...

The prodigal in Elizabeth Bishop's poem is only metaphorically related to the Prodigal Son in the parable told by Jesus in the New Testament. This modern prodigal is evidently an alcoholic, which...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

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Do you think "The Prodigal" by Elizabeth Bishop has a positive ending?

The poem does have a positive ending with the individual suffering from alcoholism trying to make things right. But it took him a long timefinally to make up his mind to go home. The poem by...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2015 11:19 am UTC

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What is the poem "The Unbeliever" by Elizabeth Bishop mainly talking about?

While this poem is not, on the surface, easy to understand, a few things can be gleaned from a first reading. Someone sleeps on top of a mast, a cloud reflects on its own situation, and a gull...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2009 11:44 am UTC

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In the poem "The Fish" the poet claims that something causes the world around her to become "rainbow, rainbow,...

Elizabeth Bishop uses vivid imagery in the poem “The Fish” to describe the setting and the fish. She describes the fish in detail using similes and metaphors. He is a huge old specimen whose “skin...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2015 4:13 pm UTC

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Compare Bishop's "The Fish" and Rilke's poem "The Panther."

Both of these poems focus on the plight of animals forced into an unnatural situation through capture by humans. Both of them eschew rhyme, which creates a more naturalistic, conversational tone:...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 1:50 pm UTC

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What is the fulcrum, in Elizabeth Bishops poem 'One Art?'

The fulcrum of a poem is its turning point. It is the place in the poem where ideas that are in conflict with one another are resolved -- where one idea wins and the other loses. The fulcrum...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 1:06 am UTC

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What is a biography of Elizabeth Bishop?

Elizabeth Bishop was a poet. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1911. Her father died when she was a child and her mother was emotionally unwell. She had a childhood where she lived...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2009 11:24 am UTC

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In "A Prodigal" by Elizabeth Bishop, how do the animals spend the night? How does this compare with the way the...

“A Prodigal” by Elizabeth Bishop is based on the biblical parable the “prodigal son.” The focus of Bishop's poem is not the happy homecoming of the prodigal son, but the time that he lives away...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 2:25 am UTC

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How is "One Art" aligned with the biographical critical lens?

"One Art" is a meditation on loss. The poem's opening stanza is a single sentence: The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 10:03 pm UTC

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