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The Fish

Described with astounding deatail, Elizabeth Bishop's "tremendous fish" may well be a Northern Pike (also known as Pike-perch) who has been most likely been caught with steel leaders and treble...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2012, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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In Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish," in lines 34-44, she uses several literary devices. In writing of the fish's eyes, Bishop uses metaphors to describe them, comparing them to tinfoil, and again to...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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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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The speaker examines the fish closely and sees right away that it is aged. It hangs heavily on the hook, and its body and eyes speak of the long history of its survival. The speaker visualizes what...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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A meditative lyric, "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop displays what critic Lloyd Scwartz terms ut picture poesis. That is, the use of Nature is like art, as in a painting or in a poem, and Nature...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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It seems to me this line is representative of what the narrator of "The Fish" figuratively sees. This is an important fish, not just a fish or anyfish. This is a wonderful specimen of age and...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2010, 5:16 am (UTC)

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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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In her single-stanza poem, "The Fish," Elizabeth Bishop uses the speaker's increasing attention to the details of a fish to shift the speaker's perception of and feelings about the fish. It's a...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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One of the interesting things about "The Fish" is that the reader discovers the significant aspects of the fish as the speaker of the poem does. The other interesting device of the poem, in terms...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2013, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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Your question has many parts to it, but I can, unfortunately, answer only one. I have selected the last part: Are both women reaching the same conclusions or different ones based on their...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2010, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry is descriptive, and in "The Fish" the speaker paints with images. The imagery that describes the fish and the speaker's reactions is mostly visual. These images are...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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According to critic Lloyd Schwarty Bishop is frimly in the ut pictura poesis tradition. That is, the use of Nature is like art, as in a painting or in a poem; nature, like art speaks to the viewer...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011, 1:31 am (UTC)

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In "The Fish," the narrator describes a "tremendous fish," old and weathered, that is caught and held out of the water. The narrator, being a creature of land, has enough understanding of the fish...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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In Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish," a meditative lyric, when the speaker of the poem sees that everything "is rainbow, rainbow," she begins to notice the beauty of other things around her. This...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010, 11:33 am (UTC)

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Elizabeth Bishop's poem "The Fish" seems at first the telling of a "big catch," but as the poem progresses the reader discerns that the speaker has a growing respect for this big fish that is...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010, 9:28 am (UTC)

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In this excellent poem, the speaker describes the experience of catching a fish which hadn't really fought to escape. The poem describes the fish objectively, without emotion, talking about the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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In Elizabeth Bishop's famous poem "The Fish," the speaker spends most of the poem describing what she sees as she looks at the fish, and the poem ends, of course, with the speaker letting the fish...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017, 3:22 am (UTC)

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The next-to-last line, a trio of the metaphor "rainbow," actually begins a few lines earlier. The final section of this poem reads, I stared and staredand victory filled upthe little rented...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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I would first establish that the fish is a symbol of nature by quoting the imagery the narrator uses that shows its intimate connection to nature: He was speckled with barnacles,fine rosettes of...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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The narrator is fishing; this means she is either fishing for sport or for food. In either case, she is not necessarily sympathetic to this or any other fish: if fishing for sport, she is willing...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 10:39 pm (UTC)

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The section of the poem that you refer to does form part of the epiphany that the speaker of the poem experiences once she truly looks at the fish and sees the evidence of the previous struggles...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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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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Typically, Elizabeth Bishop's poetry is pictorial, not only in the sense of giving vivid descriptions of natural phenomen, but also in the poem's use of such objects that reflect on the self...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2010, 6:05 am (UTC)

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Firmly in the ut pictura poesistradition--"as in painting, so in poetry"--Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Fish" depends upon a narrative that exists outside the poem/art as the images connect to...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2012, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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Elizabeth Bishop provides a great deal of descriptive information about the fish because she wants the reader to have a very clear understanding of what has been caught. This is no ordinary fish....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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The poem "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop does not specifically say how the speaker is holding the fish she caught as she observes it, but we can infer how she is holding it from her description....

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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The Fish

“A Study of Reading Habits” is a relatively well-known poem by Philip Larkin. Meanwhile, “The Fish” is a very well-known poem by Elizabeth Bishop. In both poems, there is a lot to contrast when it...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2020, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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The Fish

The poem about the fish takes the reader on a journey through three different states. The poet starts readers from a point of pity and gradually elevates them to a feeling of admiration and finally...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016, 11:58 am (UTC)

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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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I think first of all you need to come up with some thoughts or interpretations of your own about the poem. For example, one interpretation is that the speaker seems to feel a great deal of sympathy...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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That is an interesting question. You will find extensive analysis of "The Fish" online, including an excellent e-notes analysis (see link below), but these sites do not directly answer your...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010, 8:47 am (UTC)

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To determine the theme of a poem, you first read the entire work just to get a sense of what the author is communicating. Then you look for a universal idea, something that people could understand...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012, 1:05 am (UTC)

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The Fish

After battling an enormous, grizzled fish and hauling it aboard, a fisherman discovers beauty in the beast. Its stoicism, power, and unexpectedly refined features command the man’s admiration....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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On the surface level, "The Fish" recognizes the age, experience, and strength of the creature that has been caught. This "tremendous fish" has the appearance of one who has lived a long and active...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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There is of course a massive change that the speaker undergoes during the course of the poem with regards to his or her feelings towards the fish, however, the other question that I have just...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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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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Elizabeth Bishop's childhood was marked by dislocation and loneliness. Her father died when she was an infant and her mother was committed to mental institutions when she was four years old....

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010, 8:31 am (UTC)

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Whereas prior to this the speaker sees the fish both as something to be feared and as something to catch, when the speaker notices the evidence of all the other fishermen that the fish has...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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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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A good topic to treat Bishop's "The Fish" with is transformation. The fish doesn't fight with the speaker, and the speaker doesn't think much of it to begin with. She goes through and relates an...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010, 2:26 am (UTC)

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