Treasure Island

Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

The Fish


I caught a tremendous fish
and held him beside the boat
half out of water, with my hook
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  • David Macharia (11/26/2012 6:37:00 PM)

    This poem is so great that I can't put it into words. All l can say is that I'm glad that the fish was freed. (Report) Reply

  • Sean Liao (4/15/2010 12:07:00 AM)

    Elizabeth Bishop is renown to write poetry about the beauty of poetry. This poem is not an exception. The fisherman merely caught a fish, yet by his imagination and creativity(which is part of poetry) he was able to imagine the fish beyond what it was, not only talking about its skin but also about its innards and portraying it as a war veteran. In fact, the ending spoke of how the fisherman even began to see the colors of the rainbow. Sad to say, the poem focuses more on poetry itself; it is unlikely the poem is speaking of morality or life and death between the fisherman and the fish.
    Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Serique Gil (7/5/2009 8:44:00 PM)

    Totally amazing. Beyond any fishing experience! ! !

    real poem!

    much more of what you see (Report) Reply

  • Lee Moore (1/28/2009 9:24:00 PM)

    I'm not an 'expert' when it comes to poetry but this one captures SO much! This is not about this 'poor ole fish'. This is about both of them and the struggle of life; hope,
    triumph, surrender and love. Exquisite! (Report) Reply

    Frank Avon (9/7/2014 1:08:00 AM)

    You may not be and expert, as they say, but you are a sensitive reader and, in this case, you recognized and exquisite poem. I agree with you 100%. I'm glad you reminded me to add this one to my list of favorite poems.

  • Aisling Fagan (9/27/2006 10:44:00 AM)

    I think this is a wonderful poem by Elizabeth Bishop. It shows some of her striking characteristics: her eye of detail. Its a very interesting poem. Her details of the fishs eye is of extraodinary detail. Each layer creates a vivid image in my head. (Report) Reply

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