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The Fish by William Butler Yeats


"The Fish" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats. This poem is easily identified as one about the animal, but it is actually about a love of Yeats. He says that "you were hard and unkind, / And blame you with many bitter words" is a reat way to say that they had quite a bit of a disagreement. However, he is trying to get her back by casting his net towards her. Nonetheless, she might not want him back as she is hiding in the ebb and flow of the tide.

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This poem is written as one stanza with eight lines. The rhyme scheme is ABABCDCD. It is written with nine syllables in each line.


The Fish

Although you hide in the ebb and flow
Of the pale tide when the moon has set,
The people of coming days will know
About the casting out of my net,
And how you have leaped times out of mind
Over the little silver cords,
And think that you were hard and unkind,
And blame you with many bitter words.

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