I believe this poem tells a rather disturbing story of a boy’s time with his father in a very sarcastic way. I believe the theme to it is the sarcasm itself. It shows how some things that are bad can be described as good.
"The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop is saturated with vivid imagery and abundant description, which help the reader visualize the action. Bishop's use of imagery, narration, and tone allow the reader to visualize the fish and create a bond with him, a bond in which the reader has a great deal of admiration for the fish's plight. The mental pictures created are, in fact, so brilliant that the reader believes incident actually happened to a real person, thus building respect from the reader to the fish.
Irony is another important element in this poem. In the first line the fisherman feels triumph by catching such a prize fish, “I caught a tremendous fish”(1), but in the very last line the fisherman feels triumph because he lets the fish go, “And I let the fish go”(75). The fisherman’s view of the fish changes dramatically as the poem progresses. When the fisherman starts to observe the fish in a new way and sees beauty in the fish’s appearance and the struggles he has had throughout his life respect and admiration overwhelm the fisherman.
Far from the usual poems that I am familiar with, this poem consists of fragments. When read with the expectation of instantly gaining a coherent idea or message, one would be puzzled of the writing style and might initially think it’s full of senseless lines. It’s quite a challenge to gain full understanding of the message the poem wants to give out.
11. What is the central idea of the poem? Is it dedicated to anyone or anything in particular? How is the display of Mackerels appropriate and effective in demonstration author’s messages?
Within Elizabeth Bishop’s The Fish, the Fisherman holds the fish in his hands, staring deeply with contemplation into the clouded and scratched lens of the eyes. Inadvertently, a shift of light causes a stir of the fish’s eyes, returning the Fisherman’s gaze. Yet, depth is understood by the Fisherman, who exalts this interaction to divine revelation. Similarly, all of us grasp for an understanding of personal experience. Fantasy replaces stark reality. Religion projects a personal distortion of events. However, the raw and grueling nature of truth reveals the imperfections ignored with perspective amnesia. Within the poem, the fish exists as both a warrior and priestly figure – secular and religion – to fully represent the facets of human nature
In the poem “(love song, with two goldfish)” the love life of two individuals are portrayed as the lives of two fish. Their romance is failing as one lovers constant affection pushes the other away. In the end, one-sided love can only get them so far. The poet Grace Chua uses fish diction, strategically placed parentheses, and the symbol of the bowl in order to show how one's undying love can often leave them broken when their feelings are not reciprocated.
The most outstanding quality of Elizabeth Bishop’ “The Fish” lingers in the tone of the poem, which passes on a stark effortlessness that both hues the lyric's "vibe" and in addition paints a skeptical picture of the events. In a vague setting, the poem delineates an individual in a “little rented boat”, with a great catch hanging on the side of the boat. The poem is about how the speaker considered how mentally strong the fish is and how much it had to battle in its lifetime. The speaker started told develop a sense of regard for the fish. The ballad goes in a dramatic direction once oil spills in the boat and a rainbow appears in the spill. The speaker becomes emotional and decides to let the fish go.
I think these chapters are the most easily relatable to our everyday lives compared to the other chapters because decisions are constantly being made. We even have unconscious decisions. For example, we don’t tell our bodies to regulate our heart beat, they just unawaringly naturally do it.
“The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop illustrates the art of capturing a fish from water, an act once used merely as a food source. When the narrator first caught the fish, she felt sickened by it. As the poem proceeds, the narrator starts to develop an admiration towards the fish. This poem is saturated with colorful imagery and sufficient descriptions, which helps the reader envision the narrator’s view of the fish transform. At first glimpse, the reader would believe that this poem is just about a regular fishing trip, but the central theme has a much greater meaning. Through imagery, similes, and paradox Bishop demonstrates that beauty and bliss can be uncovered in the most ambiguous things.
First of all, the theme of the poem is about young love, and how they sense personal feelings with each other but endeavor to follow what the social norm dictates. The poem consists of five stanzas, all of which have six lines each, the sentences of the poem are short for the purpose of generating tension between the two lovers and also makes the fast rhythm. For instance, “We crossed the quiet river/Took the embankment walk’’ , referring that they crossed the bridge and walked along the soundless river, producing an atmosphere and tone of tension between the both lovers as they walk on the bridge. The following example is “Tremulous as a hawk/Hanging deadly, calm.” As soon as we read this, Heaney creates a tone of nervousness, due to the fact that the young lovers feel fearful, but they try not to show it, as well as in the third stanza “As hawk and prey apart/Preserved classic decorum” , the tone in these verses is tense, but at the same time, calm, since they were as “two different creatures each trying to get what it needs” but the kept their property as they walk along the river. To conclude, “With nervous childish talk/Still waters running deep/Along the embankment walk”, the postmodern author is portraying a tone of worry, but at the same time, hopeful and wiser, for the reason that the conversation is childish and
Besides having the same name and subject, “The Fish” by Marianne Moore and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop, don’t have much else in common. Moore’s poem, more or less, is about a fish swimming through the ocean after something terrible has happened to it (the ocean). Bishop’s poem is about a fish that has survived many encounters with death, a victor. Although they bear some minor similarities, the distinctions between Moore’s “The Fish” and Bishop’s “The Fish” are very prominent.
The World is too much with us is a poem by author William Wordsworth. This poem has a negative tone, emphasizing that humans focus too much on objects. Today in our worlds society the natural beauty of the world is overlooked because of money and success. In this poem Wordsworth uses literary devices and figurative language to help explain the theme to his poem. Within this poem the types of figurative language used is imagery, symbolism, and a rhyme scheme. Each one of these literary devices helps Wordsworth to explain the meaning of the poem.
In the next stanza the author writes “While his gills were breathing in the terrible oxygen … I looked into his eyes which were far larger than mine but shallower, and yellowed … scratched isinglass. They shifted a little, but not to return my stare” (Bishop). In this stanza the author uses more descriptive details to appeal to the five senses of the reader by describing how vulnerable the fish actually is, reminding the readers that the fish is at the mercy of the speake. Furthermore, the author uses simile to compare the fish’s skin to a feather ( I thought of the coarse white flesh packed in like feathers (Bishop)). The author keeps on correlating the the fish’s unattractive appearance to decorative objects such as a rose and a feather, giving the readers a (somewhat) paradox, the ugly beauty. In the fifth stanza the author writes “ It was more like the tipping ... that from his lower lip … hung five old pieces of fish-line, … with all their five big hooks grown firmly in his mouth” (Bishop). In this stanza the author describes the that fish already had five fishing hooks attached to its mouth. He suggest that the fish was able to fight of death five time in the past and starts to admire the fish for its strength. The author again uses more descriptive detail as noted