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Mirror Analysis



Author: Poetry of Sylvia Plath Type: Poetry Views: 11600

The Collected Poems1961I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.

Whatever I see I swallow immediately

Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.

I am not cruel, only truthful --

The eye of a little god, four-cornered.

Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.

It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long

I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.

Faces and darkness separate us over and over.Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,

Searching my reaches for what she really is.

Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.

I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.

She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.

I am important to her. She comes and goes.

Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.

In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman

Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.






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| Posted on 2013-06-16 | by a guest


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the poem is autobiographical,,,and defines the mental stress suffered by the poetess because of the different incidents of seperations that took place in her life.plath commited suicide less than 18 months later ,after writing this poem.she adopts the mirror\'s veiwpoint in order to explain her ambivalent feelings bout\' herself.\"mirror\" jutapoxes images of love,cruelty,truth and dislike.plath returns back to all those past memories of her life,which torture her and make her more morose bout\' living life.to know that truth is torture,,,and yet she continues to torture herself.she realises she is growing old and ugly,,,,nd starts accepting that as a curse,,,as she starts considering herself unworthy of being loved.all these lead to her suicidal tendencies 4m childhood,,,finally embracing death....
hope this helps,as the others above helped me in my xam
LOVE,mouli(west bengal,india)

| Posted on 2013-05-23 | by a guest


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why does the mirror appear to be lake in the second stanza? what aspect of the mirror do u think is being referred to here?

| Posted on 2012-07-09 | by a guest


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candles and moon are giving light according to their capacity then why they are called liars

| Posted on 2012-05-04 | by a guest


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Hello my name is josh and i love sylvi she is my bestest friend and i just adore her i cant wait to meet her in my grave where i will be buried by a paleontologist because im a dinosaur i like men as well

| Posted on 2012-03-18 | by a guest


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like a mirror, life also reflects action as such the poem is a redlection of menories which fades

| Posted on 2012-02-06 | by a guest


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When I teach this poem to my students I tell them that the first stanza is a flashback. The mirror indeed represents childhood. As children we say whatever is on our minds. Children have no preconceptions because they have no evil in them. They do not judge. Yet, they are capable of saying, \"You look horrible today,\" because to them that is the truth. In their minds, they are not being rude; they are just being truthful.
As we grow older, harsh experiences affect us. Silvia Plath\'s father died when she was a young girl. That had a tremendous impact on her, perhaps killing her innocence. Silvia Plath also attempted suicide when she was in college. That experience was captured in the autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. Silvia Plath suffered from depression and that lack of mental stability is clearly represented in her poem. Her husband abandoned her in winter with her two children, penniless and powerless, which eventually led to her suicide. To be a genius, sometimes one has to be a bit \"crazy.\" I believe that applies to Silvia Plath.
Thus, I think that knowing a little bit about Plath\'s background helps tremendously with the interpretation of the poem. An isolated poem with little of no information about the author\'s biography can sometimes be a bit meaningless. The second stanza is the present: the life of an adult who has been disenchanted by life and almost corrupted by its negative experiences. A lake is like a mirror in that it reflects, but a lake reflects erroneously. Therefore, the liars that are reflected on its surface are not the real images but distorted ones. Ultimately, it is my opinion that mirror, lake and woman are all one being. The woman is looking inside of her. She despises what she sees. She has become a \"terrible fish\"--a monster. She\'s looking at herself through the eyes of a bitter woman who has been battered by life experiences.

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest


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This poem reveals the bitter truth through a mirror.
The mirror talk arogantly.sylvia describes universal truth through her short and sweet poem.The poem MIRROR reflect the orginal human behaviour.
by RAJASRI

| Posted on 2011-12-09 | by a guest


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.Mirror by Sylvia Plath, to me, is a poem about the difficulty of the truth, especially the inevitable process of age and time. In the first stanza Plath uses the technique of personification for the mirror. The mirror is the narrator. It says \"I am silver and exact\", \"Whatever I see I swallow immediately / Just as it is\". The mirror is acting as its own mirror in a sense. In the second stanza the mirror transforms to a lake. The importance of the transformation is that a lake is not as exact as a mirror, it involves more depth.
The lake calls the candles and moon liars as they do not give enough light to give a true reflection. In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
rises towards her day after day, like a terrible fish. This presents us with the image of the woman getting older and yet still searching for who she is. She is being lied to and she has been a victim of these lies. This final image suggests much insecurity. This terrible fish could represent both the inevitable approach of old age, and the death of what she feels is her socially accepted self. This fake exterior of a woman who yearns to please and be loved, might, she fears, be destroyed by the appearance of her true self, by the realization of her true inner potential that she sees in the depths of the lake, and which she avoids. She is afraid that the mirror and the lake will someday soon both reflect the same image, and yet she is also angry with herself that they haven\'t always done so. A bittersweet sadness.

| Posted on 2011-11-17 | by a guest


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I believe that this poem has a double meaning. Going through the first time it seems that Plath is describing the relationship between a vain woman and her mirror. The poem reveals her transformation over time through the supposedly unbiased mirror. She becomes old having killed the younger youth of her day and the woman fears the age bearing down upon her. However mirrors reflect the exact opposite of what is really being seen.
Looking at the poem through these eyes we can assume that the mirror is a false source of information. It may see only the truth but it sees it in a perverted backwards way. When the woman searches the reaches of the lake for her true being she doesnt see herself but a reflection; metaphorically she sees the bad in herself. The moon and the candles offer a softer picture and reveal her in a romanced way highlighting her best features and dimming the things she wants to hide. Judging by this translation the mirror, the moon, and the candles all lie to her revealing on facets of who she is.
Like most women, or people in general, the woman decides to trust in the mirror because it is easier to believe the bad than the good. It is worry that has killed the young girl. Anxiety makes the woman grow old and threatens to swallow her like a terrible fish.

| Posted on 2011-10-26 | by a guest


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It describes the psychedelic dilemma of a young girl. I assume Sylvia plath has narrated some part of her life into his poem. Firstly to the mirror n secondly to the lake. In second stanza we come to know that the young girl is deeply disturbed. It looks like remaining beautiful is struggle for her which might be coming in her way of day to day life. Otherwise why would she be so worried about it?? Coming in a way means so many things like competition among her colleagues for beauty, extra affair of her husband etc. which I guess was piling up and lead to the psychedelic dilemma. Thats why it says terrible fish.
sujan....

| Posted on 2011-09-11 | by a guest


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the mirror is a beautiful poem if not truly understandable.sylvia plath is a very disturbed person.

| Posted on 2011-07-02 | by a guest


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in this poem aheart of amirror is laid out... as he shares its experiances with the women

| Posted on 2011-06-25 | by a guest


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thanx to evryone teri bhen chod di mene.chutaro tumnhe nai aata kch machuda lo jake

| Posted on 2011-05-09 | by a guest


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I believe that the sadistic mirror is selfish and conceited. When the mirror describes itself as \"a little God\" this shows that the mirror has a powerful ego and enjoys the power it had over its worshipper (the woman.) I feel that there are may messages revealed in the poem, but one of the most important messages that Sylvia Plath is trying to get across is that, beauty is nice, but superficial. She is showing up the corrupt society in which we live and tells us that love and relationships should be priced higher than beauty. This poem\'s message will never die.

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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hey u all readin this.... trust me this poem is awsome n the above given analyisis is way to fruitfull fr the students who have this poem in their syllaybus.... thanks to every one fr this awsome summry....this has helped me a lot...god bless...love ya all.divyeah...

| Posted on 2011-04-19 | by a guest


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The lady in the poem Mirror is obviously Syvia Plath and she wants to get back her beauty back but she in her heart is sure that it is not going to happen. she turns to liars who can give her false satisfaction but ultimately Mirror emerges as winner and truth-shower. Mirror makes her realise that her yearnig to have the beauty and charm is not going to be fulfilled.. she later on turns into a terrible fish - cold and dead body like. she fails and succumbs in front of brutal truthfulness of the Mirror.
Sagar Pandya
Ph - 9428417363 (India, Gujarat)

| Posted on 2011-04-18 | by a guest


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The poem “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath is told from the point of view of a mirror hanging up on a wall. This mirror has, over time, been privy to the tears of a woman over who she sees in it, desperate grasps at moonlit lies, and the endless speculations of a pink with speckles wall. “Mirror” is a poem that probes into the corners of human nature, beauty, life, and death, reflecting back their truths to readers as good mirrors do. In this poem, readers can see the truth about themselves reflected among the words as though the poem itself is a mirror, too.
Just as the poem reflects truths to readers, so the mirror in it reflects truths to the woman it sees every day. It is objective about everything it observes in the woman, for it can have no biases simply owing to the nature of its stature. The description the mirror gives of itself in the first few lines is that “I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions./Whatever I see I swallow immediately/Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike./I am not cruel, only truthful-/The eye of the little god, four cornered.” It is giving, true to its nature, a frank description of itself—nonjudgmental and unprejudiced of its admirers. Mirrors never have and never will pass any judgment on their gazers. They leave that for the gazers themselves to do, and they always do just that, as is human nature. The mirror prides itself on that same clear-cut honesty of the faces it regurgitates back for judgment. It is almost arrogant about it, refusing to falter in its own perfection for a moment, even as “she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon” which cast false shadows upon her face. It continues to reflect the woman honestly, even though she cannot see it, so that when she learns of the lies and turns back, there she is in all her self-perceived imperfection. Not one person, the woman of the poem included, has ever been judged by a mirror, but rather through it. It is because of it that the woman can see her outer self, so also because of it, she sometimes forgets her inner self. She forgets the pink behind the speckles on the wall of her face, seeing only that the speckles are marring the beauty of it. The mirror, however, does not see the destruction the woman sees, for she is the only one of the two who has the desire to judge. She was the only true master of herself, but she ended up caving in under her preconceived notions of society’s view of her. She became a slave to the mirror and her interpretations its truths.
One of these truths is age. No one has yet achieved immortality, and so death is still a formidable foe. Mirrors reflect the coming of this rival in the rivulets and creases found in a face of age, and many people obsess over this manifesting. In the poem, according to the mirror, “I am important to her. She comes and goes./Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness./In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman/Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” The woman in the poem “has drowned a young girl” in her obsessions, aging her into “an old woman . . . like a terrible fish.” With each day, the manifestation becomes more pronounced because “Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.” She wasted away in front of that mirror so that now, death “Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” She hates the mirror’s honesty on the matter, but cannot turn away. She is unable to resist knowing that death is creeping ever closer every day. She lives her life, it seems, around that knowledge, convinced that she should not be as she is. She is, as the poem says, “Searching . . . for what she really is.” She is unaware that all around her, death is marking others down for capture with the lines of age. All she knows is that she has gone from “pink, with speckles” into a world of darkness that she disapproves of seeing in the mirror. She does not seem to under stand that in fact, no one will be left unaffected. “The eye of the little god” will seek out everyone from all four corners of the globe. In the end, her obsession kills her, the “terrible fish” having finally made it to the surface.
The woman in the poem lives and dies within it, mirroring any and all readers’ lives in that. The poem offers up a universal reflection of a person for readers to judge themselves. After all, it is a mirror and that is what mirrors do.

| Posted on 2011-03-16 | by a guest


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The mirror says that it is always truthful and show s people their true self.Thus it is like the eyes of god who views all in the same light, doesn\'t do any partiality with anyone.That it is truthful doen\'t mean that it is cruel because most people find the truth repulsive.Most of the time there is no one to look at the mirror,therefore it reflects the opposite wall with dots of pink paint.The mirror has been at the same place for ages ,so the wall has become a part of its heart.The woman has grown old and ugly but runs away from this truth and depends on the disillusioning objects like the moon and candles to look beautiful.The woman has spent her childhood and youth gazing at herself in the same mirror and now the mirror shows her ugly and withered face.She behaves like a terrible fish on seeing her real face in the mirror and beats the surface of the mirror as it shows her ugly.

| Posted on 2011-03-15 | by a guest


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The mirror says that it is always truthful and show s people their true self.Thus it is like the eyes of god who views all in the same light, doesn\'t do any partiality with anyone.That it is truthful doen\'t mean that it is cruel because most people find the truth repulsive.Most of the time there is no one to look at the mirror,therefore it reflects the opposite wall with dots of pink paint.The mirror has been at the same place for ages ,so the wall has become a part of its heart.The woman has grown old and ugly but runs away from this truth and depends on the disillusioning objects like the moon and candles to look beautiful.The woman has spent her childhood and youth gazing at herself in the same mirror and now the mirror shows her ugly and withered face.She behaves like a terrible fish on seeing her real face in the mirror and beats the surface of the mirror as it shows her ugly.

| Posted on 2011-03-15 | by a guest


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this poem is by sylvia plath & mirror itself is a speaker it says that he was silver & exact . it has no preconceptions .whatever he sees he swallows . he says he was not cruel & he was truthful
thanx
jay mam

| Posted on 2011-02-22 | by a guest


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The mirror has want for the things she cannot be. She loves the things that dont love her back and maybe it represents all of us. That we will watch and reflect but never overcome. We will meditate on the opposite wall. The wall is probably your true love who you will never have and can only flicker in your heart. The woman is depression, your relative or friend who is looking for themselves but all you can do is watch, until age and grief overcome them. You are on the wrong side of the mirror on the outside looking in, aren\'t we all?

| Posted on 2011-01-19 | by a guest


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dude for god sake a poem means it reflects a poets views but it is not correct that we start giving out statements on her personal life n issues

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest


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Very thanks for providing such a well written expressions.I am sure that it will help in my xams
thanx

| Posted on 2010-11-27 | by a guest


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a truly gr8 loss 2 litrature sylivia plath (sucide)

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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The poem “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath is told from the point of view of a mirror hanging up on a wall. This mirror has, over time, been privy to the tears of a woman over who she sees in it, desperate grasps at moonlit lies, and the endless speculations of a pink with speckles wall. “Mirror” is a poem that probes into the corners of human nature, beauty, life, and death, reflecting back their truths to readers as good mirrors do. In this poem, readers can see the truth about themselves reflected among the words as though the poem itself is a mirror, too.
Just as the poem reflects truths to readers, so the mirror in it reflects truths to the woman it sees every day. It is objective about everything it observes in the woman, for it can have no biases simply owing to the nature of its stature. The description the mirror gives of itself in the first few lines is that “I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions./Whatever I see I swallow immediately/Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike./I am not cruel, only truthful-/The eye of the little god, four cornered.” It is giving, true to its nature, a frank description of itself—nonjudgmental and unprejudiced of its admirers. Mirrors never have and never will pass any judgment on their gazers. They leave that for the gazers themselves to do, and they always do just that, as is human nature. The mirror prides itself on that same clear-cut honesty of the faces it regurgitates back for judgment. It is almost arrogant about it, refusing to falter in its own perfection for a moment, even as “she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon” which cast false shadows upon her face. It continues to reflect the woman honestly, even though she cannot see it, so that when she learns of the lies and turns back, there she is in all her self-perceived imperfection. Not one person, the woman of the poem included, has ever been judged by a mirror, but rather through it. It is because of it that the woman can see her outer self, so also because of it, she sometimes forgets her inner self. She forgets the pink behind the speckles on the wall of her face, seeing only that the speckles are marring the beauty of it. The mirror, however, does not see the destruction the woman sees, for she is the only one of the two who has the desire to judge. She was the only true master of herself, but she ended up caving in under her preconceived notions of society’s view of her. She became a slave to the mirror and her interpretations its truths.
One of these truths is age. No one has yet achieved immortality, and so death is still a formidable foe. Mirrors reflect the coming of this rival in the rivulets and creases found in a face of age, and many people obsess over this manifesting. In the poem, according to the mirror, “I am important to her. She comes and goes./Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness./In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman/Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” The woman in the poem “has drowned a young girl” in her obsessions, aging her into “an old woman . . . like a terrible fish.” With each day, the manifestation becomes more pronounced because “Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.” She wasted away in front of that mirror so that now, death “Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” She hates the mirror’s honesty on the matter, but cannot turn away. She is unable to resist knowing that death is creeping ever closer every day. She lives her life, it seems, around that knowledge, convinced that she should not be as she is. She is, as the poem says, “Searching . . . for what she really is.” She is unaware that all around her, death is marking others down for capture with the lines of age. All she knows is that she has gone from “pink, with speckles” into a world of darkness that she disapproves of seeing in the mirror. She does not seem to under stand that in fact, no one will be left unaffected. “The eye of the little god” will seek out everyone from all four corners of the globe. In the end, her obsession kills her, the “terrible fish” having finally made it to the surface.
The woman in the poem lives and dies within it, mirroring any and all readers’ lives in that. The poem offers up a universal reflection of a person for readers to judge themselves. After all, it is a mirror and that is what mirrors do.

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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� Plath is using life as a conflict with this mirror, which represents a person who loves and cares about someone, but that person keeps going away. Plath is the mirror( reflection) of her father, and her father was not close to her heart.
� The mirror is the speaker in the first stanza, the mirror which represents Sylvia Plath, is speaking to itself, but about this wall that is apart of her heart, but flickers, the wall representing her father, they have many times been separated by people and bad things. The lake is the speaker in the second stanza, which also is Plath, and the lake talks about a woman who bends over to see herself in this lake, which could represent her mother. Plath as the lake is saying that she is important to this reflection of a woman, and she has lost all pride by losing her youth, and turns into a terrible fish (bitter or has passes away)
� What happens in the poem is Sylvia Plath makes it noticeable in a metaphoric way that she is a reflection of her parents, and she is constantly being separated from them. I believe this is a way of dealing with their death.
� I believe it happens at night, because the lake says the woman looks to the liars (the candles or the moon) and if it were day, she would more likely look to the sun.
� The speaker is in her mind, thinking of the relationship she has with her parents.
� The motivation is her parents, she feels she needs to speak at this time to release the anger she had for her father, like she did with many poems.
The Details
� The form of this poem is free verse. Plath refers to herself many times.
� In the first stanza she basically is saying, I am always this way, I will not change. She also seems to say that she learns quickly. In the second stanza, she is saying she is faithful and is the same as her mother when she was a child.
� Meditate: reflect deeply on a subject. This is almost a metaphor between the mirror and how she meditate on the wall. The mirror (Plath) reflects off of the wall (Father), but she meditate on the wall which means she looks deeply into, to find her true father. It explains what she does and also gives a deeper meaning to her relationship with her father.
� I believe the tone of this poem is abstruse (difficult to understand) because she is trying to understand the relationship she had with her mother and father, and understand why they were separated with darkness.
The Patterns
� The first and second stanza are opposite. The first stanza explains her actions to reaching out to her father, and the second stanza speaks of her mothers actions to reach out to Sylvia.
� The end words are all words that would either describe her or her parents, with their actions or their personality.
� Each stanza has 9 lines this could represent, how the relationship between Plath and her father and Plath and her mother, closely resemble each other.

| Posted on 2010-10-10 | by a guest


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� Plath is using life as a conflict with this mirror, which represents a person who loves and cares about someone, but that person keeps going away. Plath is the mirror( reflection) of her father, and her father was not close to her heart.
� The mirror is the speaker in the first stanza, the mirror which represents Sylvia Plath, is speaking to itself, but about this wall that is apart of her heart, but flickers, the wall representing her father, they have many times been separated by people and bad things. The lake is the speaker in the second stanza, which also is Plath, and the lake talks about a woman who bends over to see herself in this lake, which could represent her mother. Plath as the lake is saying that she is important to this reflection of a woman, and she has lost all pride by losing her youth, and turns into a terrible fish (bitter or has passes away)
� What happens in the poem is Sylvia Plath makes it noticeable in a metaphoric way that she is a reflection of her parents, and she is constantly being separated from them. I believe this is a way of dealing with their death.
� I believe it happens at night, because the lake says the woman looks to the liars (the candles or the moon) and if it were day, she would more likely look to the sun.
� The speaker is in her mind, thinking of the relationship she has with her parents.
� The motivation is her parents, she feels she needs to speak at this time to release the anger she had for her father, like she did with many poems.
The Details
� The form of this poem is free verse. Plath refers to herself many times.
� In the first stanza she basically is saying, I am always this way, I will not change. She also seems to say that she learns quickly. In the second stanza, she is saying she is faithful and is the same as her mother when she was a child.
� Meditate: reflect deeply on a subject. This is almost a metaphor between the mirror and how she meditate on the wall. The mirror (Plath) reflects off of the wall (Father), but she meditate on the wall which means she looks deeply into, to find her true father. It explains what she does and also gives a deeper meaning to her relationship with her father.
� I believe the tone of this poem is abstruse (difficult to understand) because she is trying to understand the relationship she had with her mother and father, and understand why they were separated with darkness.
The Patterns
� The first and second stanza are opposite. The first stanza explains her actions to reaching out to her father, and the second stanza speaks of her mothers actions to reach out to Sylvia.
� The end words are all words that would either describe her or her parents, with their actions or their personality.
� Each stanza has 9 lines this could represent, how the relationship between Plath and her father and Plath and her mother, closely resemble each other.

| Posted on 2010-10-10 | by a guest


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this poem by sylvia plath is an autobiography of sylvia..she considered herself as the most beautiful lady..this poem is based on her true life.her husband left her after a few years..she misunderstood this and taught that this was because her beauty was becoming unworthy day by day..the poem conveys the true feelings of an aged person....the person by looking his or her reflection in the mirror becomes sad due to the wrinkled face....and turns to other objects such as a lake or candle lights and moonlights.the poem conveys that a mirror is always true.it has no preconceptions....this poem says that the mirror does not changes the reflection of the person,it swallows the reflection as it is and presents to the person....sylvia says that the mirror is not mistaken,it does not gives the false image,it is not partial at all,it does not love or hates any one,it always gives the correct image,some people,especially who do not look good thinks that the mirror is cruel and untruthful,but in real the mirror is really truthful,it shows the real reflection,it does not glorify anything,in this poem the mirror is compared to the eye of a god,this is because an eye of god is always truthful and not partial,it always sees the truth and tells the truth.moreover,it is 4 cornered that means it can see only 4 dimensions..it is non living,which means it is not equal to the status of an eye of a god.tell you more in my next comment

| Posted on 2010-09-30 | by a guest


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The poem “Mirror” by the famous poet, characterizes its subject from many reasons, in particularly the reflection upon its purpose in the life of a single woman such as Sylvia Plath herself. The first stanza of the poem is telling the reader that the material in her poem is exactly how she sees it “The eye of a little god, four-cornered” meaning she is this ‘little god’ and the eye is her view on the world. Four-cornered is also a sharp image – it describes both the mirror and the harsh reality that prods and pricks at a person. This is also another outlook on Plath’s depression and could also relate to her abusive relationship between herself and her husband.

| Posted on 2010-09-05 | by a guest


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The poem \"Mirror\" is from the collection titled\"crossing the water\". The mirror is the speaker in the poem. The mirror is not a creative object. It does not add to the beauty of the woman who looks into it to see her image. It merely reflects her face in an \"exact\", objective manner. it is an unsympathetic and unemotional observer. It is not a warm, caring object. it is cold and silver. It is also greedy because it seems to \'swallow\' everything it sees.
The mirror perpetually stares at the opposite wall but faces and darkness separate the two. The mirror is different from the candles and the moon, Which cast a soft glow over the woman\'s face and hide the truth that she is growing old. The candle and the moon are hence liars. The mirror, ont he other hand , is truthful in providing a faithful reflection. This however does not flatter the woman. Obsessed with her image, she repeatedly looks into the mirror. She is shattered by what she sees. she cannot reconcile herself to the loss of her youth. In both the literal and figurative sense she is now face to face with the truth.
The more the woman searches in the mirror for what she really is, the more disappointed she becomes . She is filled with self-loathing. As days progress, her mental turmoil increases. Finally , the young woman gets drowned in the mirror and in her place rises an old woman, like a terrible fish. This fish is old, scaly and ugly. So is the woman who is now shrivelled and wrinkled with age. The poem ends with this apt comparison.
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| Posted on 2010-08-27 | by a guest


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The poem \"Mirror\" is from the collection titled\"crossing the water\". The mirror is the speaker in the poem. The mirror is not a creative object. It does not add to the beauty of the woman who looks into it to see her image. It merely reflects her face in an \"exact\", objective manner. it is an unsympathetic and unemotional observer. It is not a warm, caring object. it is cold and silver. It is also greedy because it seems to \'swallow\' everything it sees.
The mirror perpetually stares at the opposite wall but faces and darkness separate the two. The mirror is different from the candles and the moon, Which cast a soft glow over the woman\'s face and hide the truth that she is growing old. The candle and the moon are hence liars. The mirror, ont he other hand , is truthful in providing a faithful reflection. This however does not flatter the woman. Obsessed with her image, she repeatedly looks into the mirror. She is shattered by what she sees. she cannot reconcile herself to the loss of her youth. In both the literal and figurative sense she is now face to face with the truth.
The more the woman searches in the mirror for what she really is, the more disappointed she becomes . She is filled with self-loathing. As days progress, her mental turmoil increases. Finally , the young woman gets drowned in the mirror and in her place rises an old woman, like a terrible fish. This fish is old, scaly and ugly. So is the woman who is now shrivelled and wrinkled with age. The poem ends with this apt comparison.

| Posted on 2010-08-27 | by a guest


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Sylvia Plath didn't drown herself in a lake! She gassed herself in her house after she locked her children up in their room upstairs and sealed off their door! Someone should edit these posts - there are so many inaccuracies!

| Posted on 2010-07-19 | by a guest


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These views on the poem are amazing, thank you. They gave me a whole different outlook on the poem and will hopefully help me out on my exams tomorrow.

| Posted on 2010-06-08 | by a guest


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"The Poem is about truth, reflection, aging and death. Sylvia Plath suffered from severe depression and low self esteem. After her divorce from Ted Hughes her depression became worse. Three days after she wrote 'Mirror' she comitted suicide, drowning herself in a lake. Many people argue that when she describes the lake, she is actually contemplating the suicide she later carries out."
Sylvia Plath killed herself by sticking her head in an oven. Idiot. No one argues that the lake shes writing about is her contemplating the suicide of her drowning her self because she never drowned her self.

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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The Poem is about truth, reflection, aging and death. Sylvia Plath suffered from severe depression and low self esteem. After her divorce from Ted Hughes her depression became worse. Three days after she wrote 'Mirror' she comitted suicide, drowning herself in a lake. Many people argue that when she describes the lake, she is actually contemplating the suicide she later carries out.

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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Yes, like it has been said that this above is about aging and truth. The person in the poem sees herself and doesn't like what she sees and the mirror reflects nothing but the truth.

| Posted on 2010-05-17 | by a guest


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THe poem is about the civil right. . .. oh hey fits que pasa

| Posted on 2010-05-12 | by a guest


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I think you will understand better what "like a terrible fish" means when you grow older. The lines that come with aging make us look more an more like fish. Old people have a very fish-like faces, with those lines around the mouth and neck. It is hard to come to terms with that face disclosing itself in the mirror by and by.
I would not overanalyse these lines, to me, their meaning is crystal-clear.

| Posted on 2010-05-05 | by a guest


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The poem 'Mirror' explores the themes of agening and honesty.
The first stanza is written from a mirror's point of view.

| Posted on 2010-04-30 | by a guest




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