What is the effect of the repetition of "rainbow" in "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop?

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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 stared
and victory filled up
the little rented boat,
from the pool of bilge
where oil had spread a rainbow
around the rusted engine
to the bailer rusted orange,
the sun-cracked thwarts,
the oarlocks on their strings,
the gunnels—until everything
was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!
And I let the fish go.

First, the rainbow...

(The entire section contains 230 words.)

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