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In "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, what is an example of figurative language?

“Mirror” by Sylvia Plath is one of the great American lyrical poems. The poem’s form is free verse. Written in first-person point of view, the speaker is the mirror. The theme of the poem speaks...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 3:41 am UTC

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Why is the mirror referred to as a lake in the second stanza (Sylvia Plath's "The Mirror")?

Sylvia Plath's poem "The Mirror" is an example of a personification poem. Personification is where non-human and non-living things are given the qualities and characteristics of human beings. In...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 11:07 pm UTC

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What is the form of the poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath?

The poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath is written in free verse. This means that it does not follow a fixed metrical pattern, but rather that the rhythm of the lines is meant to project the emotions the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2017 4:26 am UTC

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In "Mirror," what is the speaker's tone?  

The persona that Plath creates in this wonderful poem is shown to speak in a tone that perfectly represents its character. The mirror tells us that it is "silver and exact," and it seems to speak...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 2:13 pm UTC

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

I am made of shiny metal, and I am truthful. I do not judge.When I see something, I take it into myself in right awayJust the way it really is, without any emotion to color it.I'm not mean, I only...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 12:11 am UTC

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How we can apply the theme of feminism into Plath's poem "Mirror"?

In Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror,” the mirror serves as the speaker who describes the different things it sees. The theme of feminism comes into play in the second stanza, which focuses on the unnamed...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 4:56 pm UTC

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The poem "Mirror" is strongly related to the theme of feminism. Justify this statement.

A major goal of feminism is to push back against the prevalent idea that women should be valued primarily for their appearance. Feminists argue rightly that women are not simply objects, an...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021 11:08 am UTC

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Is a metaphor found in the poem "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath?

In “Mirror,” poet Sylvia Plath skillfully mixes a number of metaphors into the text along with the major literary device she employs, personification. As the speaker is a mirror, many of the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 3:28 am UTC

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What is the effect of Plath's choice to write the poem from a mirror's perspective?

It is startling and disorienting to have this poem written from the point of view of a mirror. A person looks into a mirror to receive reassurance or confirmation about their own appearance or...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 5:02 am UTC

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What are two examples of figurative language used in "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath? How can I tell what they mean?

Keep in mind the definition of figures of speech, which is language that is not meant to be literal, but makes a comparison between two things which are not alike. Figures of speech include both...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2011 1:23 am UTC

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How might one paraphrase Sylvia Plath's poem titled "Mirror"?

Sylvia Plath’s poem titled “Mirror” is almost a riddle, in which a mirror describes itself, its functions, and its role in the life of a particular woman. The title of the poem, of course,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 12:36 pm UTC

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In "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, why would some people consider the mirror to be cruel?

Sylvia Plath's poem, "Mirror," is narrated by the eponymous mirror. In the fourth line of the first stanza, the mirror says, "I am not cruel, only truthful." The mirror might be perceived as cruel...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 12:03 pm UTC

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What is an analysis of the theme of "Mirror?"

Certainly a rather melancholy poem, critic Jo Gill notes that the poem "Mirror" is "catoptric"; that is, it describes while it represents its own structure with two nine-line stanzas that are...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2013 2:51 am UTC

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What disturbs the mirror's contemplation of the opposite wall?

In Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror,” the reflecting surface is also a metaphor for a reflective or contemplative state. By itself, the mirror, which Plath describes as the “four-cornered” eye of a god,...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 7:50 am UTC

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How many metaphors does "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath have?

There are two clear metaphors in Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror." Some readers may see an additional metaphor in the use of the word "swallow" in line two, which suggests that the mirror is a creature...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 3:40 am UTC

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In Sylvia Plath's "Mirror," what does the mirror meditate on most of the time? Why is this significant?

"Mirror" by Sylvia Plath is a two-stanza poem in which a mirror’s perspective on its existence and interactions with humans is offered in the first person. The sixth line of the first stanza is...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 7:07 am UTC

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Comment on the structure of "Mirror."

The poem consists of two nine-line stanzas of verse. Interestingly, if we examine this poem carefully, we can see the way in which Plath deliberately structured these two stanzas in order to...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 3:36 pm UTC

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Identify an aspect of appreciation in Plath's "Mirror."

I think that one area of appreciation that emerges in the poem is the relationship that the woman has with the mirror. The personification of the mirror is quite powerful in the poem. One can...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 4:31 am UTC

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