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The Fish


Brad M. Rader

English 1100 Section 124

Dr. Gene Miller

March 10, 2000

"The Fish"

Poems to me are an expression of a person's outlook on a particular scene or subject. By
reading a poem a person can be enlightened and take an understanding of what they are
actually reading. In "The Fish", I personally was caught up in all the excitement because
I know what it feels like to catch a really gigantic fish. This poem, to me, shows an
outlook on nature that I have always been accustomed to. In writing poems there is a whole
category of tools and techniques you can use to make the poem great instead of mediocre.
In this poem, to me imagery plays a very big role. When you read the poem the imagery lets
you not only think about what you are reading but also it lets you actually see it in your
head. Another tool used in the poem is personification. It can help the author do so much
more explaining than the usual. Personification in this poem is just as important as the
use of imagery is. Also, the ideas/themes of this poem are very crucial as well to make it
a very good poem. When Elizabeth Bishop put all of these tools together she made "The
Fish" what it is today, a great poem.


The use of imagery in this poem had to be used in just the right way. If it was not used
properly then the poem could have lost all meaning and understanding, making the poem
pretty much useless.


When Bishop uses lines like this the imagery is shown very well. "Here and there his brown
skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper." That line just makes you see the fish's brown
skin and how it is hanging like ancient wallpaper. Another line Bishop uses is when she is
talking about the fish's skin and describes it as shapes like full-brown roses. The
imagery in a poem just gives it so much more meaning and such a better advantage over
poems that do not have any imagery in them. Everybody has read something and it did not
make any sense at all. Imagery allows the reader to read the poem and not get confused
about what the author is trying to get across to the reader. So, the importance of imagery
is important not only in poetry but also in other types of writing as well.


Another tool that Bishop uses in "The Fish" is personification. Personification is giving
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