Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration and End Rhyme in Bishop’s “The Fish”

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Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration and End Rhyme in Bishop's “The Fish”
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Sound of the Roaring River: Assonance, Consonance, Alliteration and End Rhyme in “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop
The use of the sound of language in poetry brings the images the poet presents to life. Sound provides a context which awakens perceptions of the reader, and allows for greater clarity in expression for the poet. The use of language in poetry can contribute dimension to a narrative, and clarity to an image. The use of alliteration, consonance, assonance, and end rhyme in “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop provides precision in a poem composed of powerful imagery, underscoring the tension and...
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.....shop). The moment is suspended, the boat, the hook, all concrete, and all completely contrasted with the beauty and majesty of the final couplet, suggesting a natural sense of infinity, and ultimate liberation: “was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow!/ And I let the fish go”(Bishop 75-6).
With the use of devices of sound in “The Fish”, Elizabeth Bishop more distinctly brings the world of the poem to life. Effectively using alliteration, consonance, assonance, and end rhyme allows Bishop to underscore more discrete elements of meaning that ultimately frame the narrative with deep emotional and spiritual meaning.
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Jacobus, Lee A.. A world of ideas: essential readings for college writers. 8th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2010. Print.