by Elizabeth Bishop
The Fish Humility Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
battered and venerable (line 8)
The fact that the fish is beat up makes him worthy of the speaker's respect somehow. If you respect something/someone you're humbled by it, right?
I admired his sullen face, (line 45)
This line works the same way line 8 does. The speaker respects and admires this fish, and therefore is becoming humbled by him.