The Fishs Image

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The Fishs Image

Elizabeth Bishop The Fish

The Fish's Image

With fewer than fifty published poems Elizabeth Bishop is not one of the most prominent
poets of our time. She is however well known for her use of imagery and her ability to
convey the narrator's emotions to the reader. In her vividly visual poem "The Fish", the
reader is exposed to a story wherein the use of language not only draws the reader into
the story but causes the images to transcend the written work. In the poem, Bishop makes
use of numerous literary devices such as similes, adjectives, and descriptive language.
All of these devices culminate in the reader experiencing a precise and detailed mental
image of the poem's setting and happenings.


One of the most prevalent of the literary tools used in this poem is the simile.
Repeatedly throughout the poem Bishop uses the simile to give the reader a clearer picture
of the situation at hand. The simile is an ideal literary tool to use when the author is
trying to convey a sensory description of an object or idea. When describing the fish's
physical appearance in lines 9-15 she compares the fish's skin to "ancient wallpaper";
this immediately gives the reader an impression of the age and outward appearance of the
fish. Later in the poem when in lines 61-62 she describes the pieces of broken fishing
line hanging from the fish's mouth as "medals with their ribbons / frayed and wavering"
she is using a simile to give the impression of pride and honor. This comes at a point
when the narrator is developing admiration and respect for the fish and the experiences it
has been through.


Throughout the poem the reader is exposed to adjectives that are more vivid than those you
would expect to find in traditional speech. This is due to the fact that in poetry the
author often has the need to express emotional sensations to the reader. The adjectives
allow the reader to become more closely connected to the events and characters in the
story by emphasizing the key points in the mental imagery that the author wishes them to
see. In the poem Bishop predominately uses this tool to negatively describe objects or
representations of objects. This gives the reader the feeling of sympathy for the fish
because these objects seem to cause or represent pain felt by the fish. For example on
lines 22-23 of the poem we experience the narrator's first real sense of sympathy for the
fish when they speak of his gills "breathing in / the terrible oxygen". We can then relate
the fish breathing oxygen more closely to a human experience such as drowning.


Much of the language in the poem does not necessarily fall within the constraints of a
specific literary devise. However the language the author chooses to use is very
descriptive of the situations and events that occur. From the language in the poem we draw
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