In the poem, “The Fish”, written by Elizabeth Bishop, the speaker catches a giant fish while fishing in a small rented boat. Throughout the poem, she examines her catch, holding it up half out of the water beside the boat. After observing the fish, she begins to develop a sense of respect for the fish. The poem takes readers through the speakers’ journey with the fish, from catching it to the final moment when the speaker releases the fish. She describes the fish and their unique relationship using diction, imagery, and figurative language in order to convey her thoughts. The first two lines of the poem “I caught a tremendous fish and held him beside the boat” give readers a glimpse of both the setting and the connection between the poem and the title of the writing. Secondly, the next two lines show the reader that the speaker is speaking in present tense. Additionally, the personalization of the words “my hook” and “his mouth” shows readers both the reality of fishing and the interesting relationship between the fish and fisher. It 's not "a" hook in "its" mouth, it 's much more special than that. In line 8, the word "venerable" means someone who is very much respected, especially because of wisdom, age, or character. The speaker describes the fish as "venerable" (line 8), and paired with the word "homely" (line 9), the fish appears to be at home, and comfortable in the environment. The fish is "infested" and "speckled", which shows that the fish isn 't visually
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Often times, when a person experiences something unusual, that experience stays with them forever. The poem “Driving with Animals” by Billy Collins is about the lasting impression that an experience with deer can create. The imagery, sound devices, and figurative language that Collins uses in the poem draw the reader into the poem and makes them feel as if they are the driver in the car. The element of imagery is important in drawing the reader into the poem.
The poem “Woodchucks” by Maxine Kuman and the poem “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop give the reader two examples about how man interacts with nature. Charles Darwin wrote “the love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man”; it is clear that the narrator of one of the poems is much more noble than that of the narrator in the other poem. Not only do the narrators contrast each other in the two poems, the poems also differ in the theme, tone, and situation (Citr). The theme of the poem “Woodchucks” is no regard for the life of living creatures and death.
Ever wondered how a lake may feel after years and years? In the poem "Lake's Promise" by Joyce Sidman it shares the feelings of a lake waiting for speaker to come back. Figurative language is used in the poem to help express how the lake feels. This helps develop the message the writer is trying to put out. The write can be found using personification and imagery to help push of how lake feels about the speaker.
While a child may laugh at the humorous image, the image represents the external conflict of the danger to the Fish. The Cat, at this point in the story, is a representation of the Freud’s Id, “the part of the personality that contains our primitive impulses” (NCTE). The Cat represents the child’s
In the poem, the speaker lived on an orchard farm where work ethic had been developed and strengthened. The speaker has developed a strong work ethic that drives her to stay up all night picking peaches. This strong work ethic encourages the girl to complete her responsibilities. “and the pond was—I could see as I laid the last peach in the water—full of fish and eyes.” The fish in the pond represent how the unseen events can rupture a person’s success within time with people challenging and downplaying one’s hard work and success.
The author uses similes through the poem as a way to describe the fish that she has caught. An example of this would be when she said, “Here and there his brown skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper, and its pattern of darker brown was like wallpaper: shapes like full-blown roses stained and lost through age”, “Like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering a five-haired beard of wisdom trailing from its aching jaw”. The author is describing how the fish is probably very old and has been swimming for a long time and has been caught at least five times beforehand. This kind of makes her feel sympathetic towards the fish after seeing in how bad of a shape he is in.
These lines reveal how the lack of reviews from men, “the big boys,” and the lack of a stereotypical author’s photograph bring curiosity to the speaker, causing them to be further attracted to the book. A further example of imagery is, “The swans posed on a placid lake, your name blurred underwater sinking to the bottom” (11-13). These lines use imagery to gradually introduce the book as an object of focus throughout the poem. The lines focus upon the cover of the book, explaining how the author’s name appears to be sinking to the bottom of the lake’s artwork and how there are swans on the lake that are floating upon the surface. These depictions pull the speaker closer due to her curiosity.
Sibling Rivalry: A Literary Analysis of Julie Orringer Short Story Although siblings may be close in age, they do not understand what each other are feeling and so they tend to fight over differences in each other’s lives. They cannot see where their emotions are coming from and how powerful these emotions are. But fights should not be able to tear a family apart, every day is a new day to start again. In the short story “ The Isabel Fish” by Julie Orringer it follows the everyday life of the siblings Sage and Maddy after a tragic car accident. This accident kills Maddy's “friend” and Sage’s girlfriend, Isabel.
In “Nightwatch”, a chapter of the novel Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard guides the reader through an experience with migrating eels, creates vibrant mental images, and involves the readers with her own thoughts. This is all accomplished through the use of rhetorical strategies, namely diction, figurative language, syntax, and imagery; these elements culminate in Dillard’s intense, guiding tone that involves the readers with the eel experience. Diction is vital to creating Dillard’s fervent and guiding tone throughout “Nightwatch.” The use of gruesome and detailed words like “milling… mingling” and “seething… squirming, jostling,” causes the reader to erupt in silent shivers.
The Struggles of a Young Boy “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,” by W.D. Wetherell, explains that some choices in life aren’t worth losing something you admire. The Narrator and one of the main characters is a romantic and thrilled fisherman who is caught between choosing the Bass or the Girl. Sheila Mant, the other main character, is a self centered teenager who wants the Narrator to take her to the dance. The story’s resounding theme is that the Boy’s crush isn’t worth losing the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime. Because the story is told by the Boy, we know what his struggle is between choosing the fish or to keep his date going with Sheila Mant.
While a child may laugh at the humorous image, the image represents the external conflict of the danger to the Fish. The Cat, at this point in the story, is representative of the Freud’s Id, “the part of the personality that contains our primitive impulses” (NCTE). The Cat represents the child’s primitive impulse to play, or have fun, without self-control or thinking of the consequences that might follow. If the Cat continues with this balancing act and slips, the items may fall, causing the house to become a mess, but the dander to the Fish is more substantial. The Fish, who cannot defend
Although the old man suffers in pain and exhaustion due to the great size of the fish, the overwhelming sun, and his injured hands, he does not quit but keeps persisting. He does not let go of the fish. He maintained his strong desire to conquer the
This is a typical example for this type of figurative language because the sea is obviously not human, and therefore cannot have character traits such as kind. Later, when the plot starts to escalate, the author uses personification while talking about beads of water. He said the fishing line was so taunt that the beads of water were jumping from it. Alongside the last example, the beads of water cannot jump as if they were living. Personification gives the reader a deeper perception of the
“Bishop’s carefully judged use of language aids the reader to uncover the intensity of feeling in her poetry.” Elizabeth Bishop’s superb use of language in her introspective poetry allows the reader to grasp a better understand of feeling in her poetry. Bishop’s concentration of minor details led to her being referred to as a “miniaturist”, however this allows her to paint vivid imagery, immersing the reader in her chosen scenario. Through descriptive detail, use of metaphor, simile, and many other excellently executed stylistic devices, the reader can almost feel the emotion being conveyed. Bishop clearly demonstrates her innate talent to communicate environments at ease.