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The Fish
The Fish
by Elizabeth Bishop

Speaker Point of View

Who is the speaker, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

The speaker of this poem is a fisherperson. Man or woman, we can't really tell, though we keep calling the speaker "her," since the poet is a woman. But the fisher is very attentive (we know this because of the amount of detail we get throughout the poem). She isn't really impulsive either – think of how long it took to decide whether or not to keep the fish!

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