God's Grandeur And The Fish Analysis

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In the poems “God’s Grandeur” by Hopkins, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Banks the reader will find many similarities like the use of figurative language, diction, and theme. All these usages of rhetoric strategies help strengthen, and clarify the intent of the author.
Both poems “God’s Grandeur” by Hopkins, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop use figurative language, and imagery in order to push their message, and help the reader understand their point of view. In “God’s Grandeur”, Hopkins says “like the ooze of oil” (3), in order to somehow quantify god’s greatness. The usage of this simile is more to show that earth is just seeping around with god’s greatness like oil in the ground. Hopkins also says “like shining from shook foil;” (2) in order
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Instead of using a personal anecdote or a man’s reaction with nature, Hopkins generalizes humanities behavior in comparison to nature, and god. In order to get the theme we first must know the summary, speaker, and situation. The speaker seems to be a bystander almost as if this bystander, gender neutral, was watching over earth, and watching mankind’s progress. The poem starts off praising god, and relating his greatness with related events. After praising the speaker the goes on to relate god with nature, and then he goes on to talk about god’s all-powerful presence. He then as if he just noticed mankind he goes, and puts out their blunders. Continuing the negative view about how people are the reason for the downfall of the earth, the speaker transitions into a more optimistic approach. All of these moments came together to form the theme about natures regenerative powers, and god’s presence in nature. In “The Fish” Elizabeth Banks uses similar theme to that of “God Grandeur”, both poems show Man vs Nature. In order to discuss the theme we first have to bring in the speaker, and situation. The speaker or the narrator is presumably Elizabeth Banks Herself with her extensive background near water, and her love for the ocean, but we are never confirmed if it truly is her or not. The speaker is a gender neutral fisher whose is the middle of a body of water on a rented boat. The story starts off in the middle of the ocean, and just recently the fisher caught a fish. Now the whole story is an interpersonal dialogue which refers to it happening in the narrator’s head. Once the fisher-person captured the fish he or she starts examining the fish, and notices the little details about the fish. While examining the fish the narrator starts to compare the fish to a war torn solider who has earned his stripes, and title as a

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