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Which words or phrases in this excerpt from Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish" compare the fish to an old, experienced soldier? A green line, frayed at the end where he broke it, two heavier lines, and a fine black thread still crimped from the strain and snap when it broke and he got away. Like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering, a five-haired beard of wisdom trailing from his aching jaw. I stared and stared and victory filled up the little rented boat, from the pool of bilge where oil had spread a rainbow

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    like medals with their ribbons?

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