What is the theme of this poem:

He seemed to know the harbour,
So leisurely he swam;
His fin,
Like a piece of sheet-iron,
And with knife-edge,
Stirred not a bubble
As it moved
With its base-line on the water.

His body was tubular
And tapered
And smoke-blue,
And as he passed the wharf
He turned,
And snapped at a flat-fish
That was dead and floating.
And I saw the flash of a white throat,
And a double row of white teeth,
And eyes of metallic grey,
Hard and narrow and slit.

Then out of the harbour,
With that three-cornered fin
Shearing without a bubble the water
He swam--
That strange fish,
Tubular, tapered, smoke-blue,
Part vulture, part wolf,
Part neither-- for his blood was cold.

Make sure you are clear on what "theme" means:

Then be sure to let us know what you think, and someone here will give you feedback.


This poem is obviously about a shark, but I don't understand the theme. In my view there is no moral theme. It is basically about the behavior of a type of shark. Could you give me feedback?

The behavior of a shark is right, and the shark is behaving according to his nature, right?

What do you generally think of when you hear the term "Mother Nature"? Is she kind? Is she cruel? Does she care??

Here are some quotation about Nature. See if anything strikes you.


who is it behacing acording to nature. Isn't it created that way. All sharks of the species behave that way. How is the related to nature.

That IS nature. He behaves according to his nature, not anything humans try to make him do or not do, be or not be. He is simply himself, a shark, and he behaves in the nature of sharks.

There's nothing moral or immoral here -- I guess you could say the shark is "amoral" -- http://www.answers.com/amoral


I dobn't think it's about the shark really i think that a diver or somethign can see the shark and his actions form somewhere

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 157
asked by Gina

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. composition

    I have to now for this unit write an essay about a literary essay's theme. I have chosen the poem The Wreck of the Hesperus so what is the theme of the poem? (theme can also be identified by the imagery, ect. of the poem)

    asked by mysterychicken on November 9, 2008
  2. English 10-Check/Help

    Part 1: Poem Structure Check my following answers below, and I need help with theme? Dx In this part, you will analyze the structure of the poem. Please fill out the following. Title of Poem: Annabel Lee Poet: Edgar Allan Poe

    asked by Victoria on May 1, 2013
  3. English 4 !

    I know this is Assonance “ The ship was cheer’d, the Harbour clear’d “ Twas sad as sad could be;” But I need to know the effect of what is the tone or mood or theme in these two lines in the poem "The Rime of the Ancient

    asked by Ciara on May 4, 2015
  4. English

    What is the theme or message of the poem The Bull Moose by Alden Nowlan? i know the poem is a reference to the crucifix of Jesus but i am not sure about the theme

    asked by Anonymous on October 5, 2014
  5. English I

    What is the theme of the poem, "The Road Not Taken"? I think the theme is making a decisions that is different from everybody else. I am also suppose to find the subject of the poem but I am lost with that.

    asked by Abriel on January 31, 2010
  6. English

    can you help point out any stylistic devices in this poem? He seemed to know the harbour, So leisurely he swam; His fin, Like a piece of sheet-iron, Three-cornered, And with knife-edge, Stirred not a bubble As it moved With its

    asked by Marcus .H. on June 23, 2007
  7. Composition

    What is the theme of a poem? In a simple deifinition. I need help finding a simple theme for the poem The Wreck of The Hesperus, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Thanks-MC

    asked by mysterychicken on November 24, 2008
  8. Englsih II

    Review the poems we have studied in this unit and select the one that appealed to you most. Analyze the poem by answering the following questions. Cite specific lines or phrases from the poem to support your ideas. Be certain to

    asked by Carlos on March 18, 2013
  9. Ed. Tech

    Which definition below best describes the definition of theme within poetry? A. It is the pattern of rhyming lines within a poem. B. It is the underlying message that a poem conveys. C. It is the pattern of stressed and unstressed

    asked by Gwen on September 10, 2014
  10. Poetry

    “Sonnet 30” p. 960 Author: William Shakespeare. Type of Poem: Sonnet. Poetry/Literary Terms: Theme/Meaning: “Casey at the Bat” p.42 Author: Ernest Lawrence Thayer Type of Poem: ______________________ Poetry/Literary Terms:

    asked by Nar on January 27, 2012

More Similar Questions