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Paraphrase (line by line) the poem "Mirror" By Sylvia Plath?"Mirror" By Sylvia Plath

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pedrom | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM via web

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Paraphrase (line by line) the poem "Mirror" By Sylvia Plath?

"Mirror" By Sylvia Plath

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM (Answer #1)

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I am a shiny shade of gray and precise. I do not judge pre-maturely.

Every item within my range, I instantly view

exactly as it appears without applying favor or discontent.

I do not set out to cause pain, only to report the truth -

I am omnipotent, seeing all like a god does, yet only within the reach of my four walls.

For the most part, I fixate on that which appears on the opposing wall.

It appears to be speckled-pink in color. My constant gaze for ages

makes it feel connected to my soul. The wall has moments of light.

Over time, people and night separate me from the view of the wall.


I am now a body of moving water. A bent lady casts herself over me

longing to find herself, her true self, in the depths of my waters.

Various lights, candles and the moon, tell her lies as she turns from me. 

I reflect the truth in her back with honor.

She cries and strikes my waters with her hands, engaging me.

She places great value in me. Repeatedly, she visits.

Every sunrise, she offers her face to replace the hours of dark night.

She lost her youth in me, and has risen from me an older woman

who wrinkles in age with every day, like the scales of fish.


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