Analysis Of The Poem ' The Fish ' Essay

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Why Analysis "The Fish"?

Bishop says that her poem is the truth, but she admits that she changed one detail. “…the poem says he had five hooks hanging from his mouth, but actually he only had three…” (Doty n.pag.). "The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop is essentially more concerned with exactly how it happened and not an emphasis on precision. Bishop may have spoken only the truth, nonetheless there is still deeper meaning behind her words. However, Carol Frost in "A Poet 's Inner Eye" he found out that “"The Fish" was a conflation of several fishing trips and that the noble and "homely" fish of the poem” (Frost n.pag.). Her fishing trip changed into an aspect of man and the natural world and the choice of power over it or humility.

Let’s start with "The Fish" by Bishop’s themes in the poem, corresponding choices, man and the natural world, power, and humility. Choices on whether to let the fish live or die, or keep the fish or to let him go as seen in lines 1-2, or lines 21-22, or lines 65-67, and or line 76.

“I caught a tremendous fish

and held him beside the boat” (Bishop lines 1-2)

She could have said “I pulled a tremendous fish into the boat and watched it flap around until it was to die”. Since Bishop hangs the fish there, people immediately since her hesitation and a choice being made. There is also a man and the natural world theme impelling on as seen in lines 3-4, or lines 34-36, or lines 41-42, and or lines 58-59.

“with my hook

fast in a corner of…

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