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The Fish

The Fish

by Elizabeth Bishop

Analysis: Calling Card

Damsel of Detail

It seems like Bishop is armed with the world's best microscopes and magnifying glasses. Maybe even x-ray goggles. She notices every detail at an elemental level. She will rarely settle on only one word to describe something. She takes her time with it, fleshing each detail out until we as readers feel that if we reached out, we might be able to touch what she's describing.

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