“The Fish”

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The poem “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop, born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911 is a narrative monologue (Bishop, 2014). The use of imagery in this poem is strong as it is reflected visually, auditory, and sensory. Bishop also uses strong descriptive and figurative language to bring the reader into the poem with simile, irony, and symbols. She utilizes an open form structure, also known as the free verse due to there in no specific length to the line structure. The narrative monologue use of imagery, figurative language, and an open form brings this poem to life for the reader. This poem is written as a narrative monologue with the assumption that the writer is also the narrator. There is only the conclusion that a woman is telling the story since the phrase “my” hook from the narrator (Bishop, 1946, p. 968). There is an interesting relationship created by Bishop when she writes “my” hook in “his” mouth, which indicates that the fish is a male (Bishop, 1946, p. 968). The narrative tells a story by presenting event in some logical orderly way (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). The narrator brings in the imagery of the poem in the writing. Bishop uses imagery in this poem, as it is reflected visually, auditory, and sensory. The imagery in this poem has a robust visual presents. While listening to the poem, close your eyes and see the woman holding the fishing pool and having the fish half in and half out of the water. The wording selected in the poem is filled with words and phrases that describe the senses, create an atmosphere, and sets a mood that are utilized by the fisher and the fish (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). The element of imagery is also produced when this poem is read aloud and more of the imagination is brought out... ... middle of paper ... ...poem. This poem could have multiple meaning behind it, but it is apparent that she was not happy about the way the animal was treated by previous fisherman or woman. Reference Bishop, E. (1946). "The Fish." Compact literature: Reading, reacting, writing. (pp. 968-970). Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing Company. Elizabeth Bishop. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 02:31, Apr 21, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/elizabeth-bishop-9213441. Kirszner, L. G., & Mandell, S. R. (2012). Compact literature: Reading, reacting, writing. (8 ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing Company. Snodgrass, M. E. (2013). American Poets of the 20th Century: The Poets: Elizabeth Bishop (1911 - 1979). CliffsNotes.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014, from http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/a/american-poets-of-the-20th-century/the-poets/elizabeth-bishop-19111979

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