The Fish's Image

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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…show more content…
The mood is actually that of revelry in the moment, and toward the end we are given the sense that the narrator is overwhelmed by the power of the situation. This is shown to us by the repeated use of a single word and a well placed exclamation point in lines 74-75 "until everything / was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!" From this sentence we get a sense that the level of excitement is rising, and the narrator is becoming caught up in the moment. In the last line of the poem the narrator makes a simple yet powerful statement; "And I let the fish go." After reading the rest of the poem we can see that the simplicity of this final statement is rather deceiving. By allowing the narrator to show the fish mercy the author once again connects the audience to the story via our previous feelings of sympathy for the fish. So as you can see there are many ways that an author can use literary devices, or even simple punctuation, to express to the reader a myriad of emotions and situations. This all leads to the conclusion that the power and use of language is as important to the story, as the story
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