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The Fish (Marianne Moore) Summary

By Marianne Moore

The Fish (Marianne Moore) Summary

The poem opens with the fish wading through the black jade water while mussel shells open and close like "injured fans." The sun begins to illuminate the hidden spots beneath the ocean's surface revealing a bunch of sea creatures that were previously unseen. Then we see the water breaking against the surface of a cliff that's been beaten up over the years. Meanwhile, underwater all of the sea creatures are sliding over one another.

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