Jeannine Johnson tells us how Sylvia Plath uses personification to give the mirror a human capacity for speech. What do we prefer to hear? While it is not used to refer to a particular person or type of person in this stanza, today it is still considered racist to do so. She was found the next day and treated at a hospital in Belmont. Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. Firstly to the mirror n secondly to the lake. She does not seem to under stand that in fact, no one will be left unaffected. I am important to her.
However, there are several others that date from either her early days at Smith College or the period between the publication of the two major volumes. What is the poetic device used here? It describes the psychedelic dilemma of a young girl. The woman weeps, which pleases the mirror, perhaps because the tears replenish the water in the lake, or maybe because the mirror is happy that it has done its job of faithful reflection and feels rewarded. It may see only the truth but it sees it in a perverted backwards way. Lines 1-3 The opening lines introduce us to the passive rectangle of silver, the glass and the shiny surface which only tells the truth and has no other purpose. 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 poem has a balanced structure with two verses mirroring each other.
The vision-impairing mist of love or dislike does not apply to the mirror, which shows things exactly as they are. She watches herself very keenly to asses her looks. GradeSaver, 4 January 2012 Web. This poem, in its bleakness, seems to be an unfiltered view of her commitment to suicide. The woman silently descends into the mirrored image of herself.
She feels desperate to receive a perfect reflection. The primary meaning of the poem has interconnected parts that reveal truth about both the mirror and the female observer. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. Posted on 2011-04-24 by a guest. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. The ruthless symptoms of aging jump menacingly towards the woman remorselessly day after day.
Not just for what's on the outside. In line 1 the color gives the major clue that the speaker is not a person, but a personified mirror. Essay for Poetry for Students, Gale, 1997. The mirror establishes that it tells the truth by reflecting exactly what it sees, with no intent to harm. It is pink, with speckles. 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. It is pink, with speckles.
Passage of Time What the woman sees in the mirror is who she really is. After that we see that a woman is searching the reaches of the water for who she really is. But mess in her life was not caused only by her husband. Let us silently read the first two lines. Only the mirror existing here as lake gives her a faithful representation of herself. A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is.
This device allows the mirror to address the reader and any individual at a personal level. A woman looks into it, trying to discern who she really is by gazing at her reflection. That we will watch and reflect but never overcome. Worse still, it can't be corrected, for this image defines who she is and who she will become. This final image suggests much insecurity. Sad, because she is growing old and angry, because she is unable to do anything about it. The word makes us think of water, which can itself swallow things, taking them beneath its surface.
Symmetry: The poem is divided into two stanzas and each stanza has nine lines each. Despite her attempts to deceive the mirror -- and herself -- it reflects an honest view of reality. The next few lines elaborate what he exactly seems to convey. After Plath's 1963 suicide, many critics examined the writer's different facets, contrasting her put-together, polite, and decorous outer self with her raging, explosively-creative inner self. Technical aspects: Free Verse: The poem is a free verse, in that it has no rhyme scheme.
In particular, she wanted to highlight the issue that some females have with their image, and the inner turmoil that can be caused as the aging process picks up its pace. The woman develops a bond of trust with the lake mirror. A woman bends over the lake and tries to see image. The mirror says it spends most of its time looking at a pink wall across from it. The poem is written from the mirror's perspective and details what it sees and how it relates to the woman and other objects within its view. A woman looks into the lake to see her reflection. Mirror by Sylvia Plath I am silver and exact.
After recovery, she went back to school and eventually got accepted into Cambridge. A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is. The lake also suggests the flow of time and age, hence the beauty being drowned in the lake. She is overcome and clasps him tightly. The mirror conjures the vision of a lake and sees itself as one. The mirror mentions that it is impartial and only reflects back the truth, but at the same time, the poem addresses the peculiarly female experience of looking in the mirror for an answer to the ''truth'' about themselves.