Friday, August 16, 2019
Elizabeth BishopÃ¢â¬â¢s poem Ã¢â¬ÅThe FishÃ¢â¬Â Essay
* The Theme of Ã¢â¬ËTrueÃ¢â¬â¢ Beauty or Ã¢â¬ËInnerÃ¢â¬â¢ Beauty: Neither her battered boat nor the Ã¢â¬Å"venerableÃ¢â¬ old fish is beautiful in conventional terms. Their beauty lies in having survived, & when the speaker realizes this, Ã¢â¬Å"victory filled up / the little rented boatÃ¢â¬ & she understands that Ã¢â¬Å"everything / was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!Ã¢â¬ That is when she lets the fish return to his home in the water. The fish helps Bishop to notice true beauty: Ã¢â¬Å"The fish is only ugly or grotesque to the untrained or unempathic eyeÃ¢â¬ (McCabe). The notion causes her to see other objects around her differently. Everything is a rainbow when she looks around. This feeling allows her to release the fish. The release, significant in its own sense, acknowledges BishopÃ¢â¬â¢s respect for the fish. The poet, struck by the otherworldly beauty w/ which ordinary objects sometimes appear, as if cast in a color not their own, releases her concentrated gaze, & gives up both the poem & the fish. The composite image of the fishÃ¢â¬â¢s essential beautyÃ¢â¬âhis being aliveÃ¢â¬âis developed further in the description of the 5 fishhooks that the captive, living fish carries in his lip. * The Theme of Respect & Admiration: The admiration for the fish is ironic since he was detested when 1st caught. The relationship tween the fish & Bishop becomes even closer when she notices his lip. These broken fishing lines are the turning point tween her & the fish. Now, Bishop considers the catch an accomplishment. She sees evidence that 5 others have tried unsuccessfully to bring in this fish. The fish evolves into a majestic character She is able to use the description of the fishÃ¢â¬â¢s lip to evoke the idea of respect. The fishÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"beardÃ¢â¬ personifies him, characterizing him as intelligent. She values the fish because she realizes he has eluded other anglers. The ultimate respect is expressed w/ the fishÃ¢â¬â¢s release. Bishop knows the fish Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬ ¦canÃ¢â¬â¢t be kept, but must be let goÃ¢â¬ (McCabe). Bishop recognizes that she will be able to hold the moment closer as a memory than by keeping the fish as a trophy. The real theme of BishopÃ¢â¬â¢s poem is that of humanitarianism & respect for a fishÃ¢â¬â¢s lifelongÃ will to survive.