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  1. Poetic Devices and the Magic of Elizabeth Bishop By Devon Field

  2. Elizabeth Bishop 1911 –1979

  3. Characteristics of Bishops Work • great attention to detail • interest in nature • Empathy for creatures • surprising imagery

  4. Simile • A comparison of two subjects using like or as. • She’s as sweet as candy. • John sings like a flute. • Laura is as light as a feather. • Don is as slow as molasses in January.

  5. Metaphor • A comparison or analogy stated in such a way as to imply that one object is another one, figuratively speaking. • “She was a lone reed blowing in the wind.” • “She’s a brick house” • “He is a gentle giant.”

  6. Anthropomorphism • Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena. • “One seal particularly I have seen here evening after evening. He was curious about me. He was interested in music; like me a believer in total immersion, so I used to sing him Baptist hymns.” – At the Fish Houses • Watership Down novel with rabbit heroes

  7. Repetition • Words or phrases that appear more than once for added emphasis, effect, or emotion • “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.” –Robert Frost

  8. The Fish

  9. Initial Reactions?

  10. Can you pick out any poetic devices that Bishop used? • Does any line in the power stand out to you?

  11. “Here and there his brown skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper”

  12. Peeling Brown Wallpaper Old Caribbean Jew Fish

  13. “I thought of the course white flesh • Packed in like feathers…and the pink swim-bladder • like a big peony.”

  14. “I looked into his big eyes • which were far larger than mine • but shallower, and yellowed, • the irises backed and packed • with tarnished tinfoil • seen through the lenses • of old scratched isinglass.”

  15. “He hung a grunting weight,battered and venerableand homely.” -”It was more like the tippingof an object toward the light.I admired his sullen face,the mechanism of his jaw… “Like medals with their ribbonsfrayed and wavering,a five-haired beard of wisdomtrailing from his aching jaw.”

  16. I stared and staredand victory filled upthe little rented boat,from the pool of bilgewhere oil had spread a rainbowaround the rusted engineto the bailer rusted orange,the sun-cracked thwarts,the oarlocks on their strings,the gunnels--until everythingwas rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!And I let the fish go.

  17. Match That figure of Speech • The sea is … • 2. As softly as … • 3. On stumps and dead trees the charring… • 4. For two weeks or more… • 5. The beach… A. Falling stars come to their ends at a point in the sky. B. The trees hesitated; the little leaves waited… C. ..hisses like fat D. “all a case of knives” F. Is like black velvet.

  18. Thank you!

  19. Works Cited • Wallpaper: • Caribbean Jew Fish : • Anatomy of a Fish: • B/W Fish: http://www.glossop-sea-angling • Peony: • Fish Eye: • Tin Foil: • Hooked Fish: • • Elizabeth Bishop: • Silhouette Fish: • Fisherman: • Microscope: • • • • Feather: • Seal: • Rabbit: • Bishop, Elizabeth. The Complete Poems. Ed. Farrar, Staus and Giroux. New York, New York.