Fishing on the Susquehanna

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FISHING ON THE SUSQUEHANNA IN JULY
BY: Billy Collins
This poem is narrated in first person, focusing on the imaginations and the power of the imagination from an art painting called “Fishing on the Susquehanna”. The reader seems to be more focused on delivering his message describing how he has never had any experience of fishing on a river, but carries on to explain about his imaginations by looking at it. He uses the power of art to describe experience and emotions to the readers. The poem is structured in 13 stanzas, each with three lines. This keeps a constant pace in the poem. There is no rhyme scheme in the poem. The use of first person, the narrators allows readers to see the events through the narrator’s perspective understanding his imaginations. The title of the poem “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July”, seems to be ironic. When the title is first read by the readers, leads to expect the poem to be sharing the experience of fishing. However the narrator establishes this as untrue as he says “I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna or on any other river for that matter”. The title itself gives an opportunity to the reader to question it as the title is completely different from the subject of the poem. The narrator then states the ignorance of fishing when he says” have I had the pleasure-if it is one” in line 5. The narrator makes the reader feel the presence in the environment in which he prefers being in than fishing on a river, as indicated in lines 8 and 9 “I am more likely to be found in a quiet room like this”. He tells us that it is more convenient for him to look at “a painting of a woman on the wall/ a bowl of tangerines on the table”. In lines 9 and 10, than actually going out and fishing. The readers are able to feel a bit of appreciation of the Art piece on the wall from the narrator. The narrator continues repeating “fishing on the Susquehanna” to engrave his point and emphasising on how much, he dislikes fishing and at the same...
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