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Bishop has a wide variety of imagery in her poem “The Fish”, every sense is used to a peak a reality. In this poem Bishop uses visual imagery most of all, she explains everything she sees about the detail of the fish and the water from the point she caught it to the point she let it go. For instance she describes the fish as if it has years of wisdom and is very old and smart. In my first impression I view the fish as very old, when Bishop stated that “He didn’t fight. He hadn’t fought at all” ( Bishop 5-6) I saw a fish that was ready to die. One that had lived its life to the fullest, being caught by multiple fisherman and they had all turned him loose out of respect to give him freedom.
Visual imagery such as “His brown skin hung in stripes like ancient wallpaper, and its pattern of darker brown was like wallpaper shapes like full blown roses stained and lost through age” (Bishop 10-15). This imagery gave a scene of an old fish, well past his prime and that the fish was so used to being caught that it seemed he knew they would let him go. Each line has a view of visual imagery in it and it draws in the reader to find out more of what a simple fish was like.
Auditory imagery is a little less in this poem than visual imagery. Mainly the line of “A green line, frayed at the end where he broke it, two heavier lines, and a fine black thread still crimped from the strain and snap when it broke and he got away” (Bishop 55-60). This part shows visual imagery and a small hint of auditory mainly by those that may have gone fishing in the past. You can always tell when your line snaps from weight because you hear it sharp depending on the thickness of it.
There is lots of tactile imagery as well, it blends in with the visual imagery to make one flow of reality. In every sentence it is something that you can feel, “While his gills were breathing in the terrible oxygen the frightening gills, fresh and crisp with blood, that can cut so badly” (Bishop 21-25). Each line is a perfect vision of what is going on around her and every detail of the fish down to the White Sea lice.
I love this poem and each imagery that Bishops displays. It’s so simple and yet its complex to the point where I think, “I could never write something that well”. I like how along with the imagery there is a comparison to something that adds into each imagery that is being noticed. It all ties together so beautifully. So far I think this may be my favorite poem that we have been assigned to read from the book.



April 2017


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