The poem The fish, written by William Butler Yeats, is more than just about the animal. In this poem, Yeats took the time to tell us about love.
Just like many poems written by Yeats, this one tells us about changing love. This poem is written from the point of view of a woman, who loved and don’t want things to get back to the way they were. The sea is where she hides (in the ebb and flow).
You can also go for another option: life. Years of experience ensured that we are able to grant us knowledge. The knowledge that cannot be read in books. Just like the way the ebb and flow move. Dreams are sometimes shattered and can sometimes become reality. Most of all, there is the wish of Yeats to grow and to experience freedom in its full extent.
This poem is published on our website because January is William Butler Yeats Month. On January 28, 1939, Yeats died.
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.
— William Butler Yeats
Don’t confuse this poem with the one written by Elizabeth Bishop, also entitled The fish. You can read this poem on our website too. Click here for this poem.