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The Fish Poem Analysis

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Kwinton Smith
ENGLISH 101: Essay 1: Poetry
Instructor Graves
June 17. 2013
Living in the Moment In the two poems “The Fish” and “To His Coy Mistress” the common theme would be not to waste time and to make the most of life. The author of “The Fish,” Elizabeth Bishop uses a fish to talk about making the most in life and in “To His Coy Mistress,” Andrew Marvell uses a mistress to help push across the idea of not wasting time. “The Fish” and “To His Coy Mistress” use imagery and select word choice to paint a picture of not wasting time and living life to its fullest. Through imagery and strong word choice the reader can see the comparison between the two poems. In the two poems they both place emphasis on not wasting time and simply living life. In the beginning of “The Fish” it states that “he didn’t fight / he hadn’t fought at all” (Bishop 1-2). This suggests that the fisherman had an easy time catching such a big fish. Once she catches the fish, she realizes that the fish has fought a long time. When she releases the fish, it shows that the fisherman has made the most of that moment. She has made the most by having the respect for a fish that has lived a long time and has been through so many battles. Therefore by
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The speaker is a man that is trying to get this woman to become romantically involved, by reminding her that life is short. Marvell’s speaker tells the woman “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime” (Marvell 1-2).This suggests that it would not be a crime to keep him waiting on her shy love if they had all the time in the world. Therefore this woman has to quit being shy. Marvell’s speaker said in the poem “To walk and pass our long love’s day” (Marvell 4) which says that love can fade away over time and after a while it is hard to come back to because it is gone. Therefore she needs to respond to the things that he is saying to
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