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The mirror does narrate this poem, and so it is personified in this way. However, when the mirror compares itself to a lake, saying, "I am a lake," this is example of metaphor. The mirror explains,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 10:46 am UTC

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The most significant features of Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror” are the personification of the mirror; the metaphor in which that mirror compares itself to a lake, something that also reflects but which...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 12:56 pm UTC

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The main figures of speech used in Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" are personification and metaphor. There are also examples, however, of symbolism and color imagery. The eponymous mirror of the poem...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 12:01 pm UTC

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“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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Man’s tendency to dismiss the inevitable truth about his declining age and waning attractiveness is the central idea in the poem “Mirror.” The mirror reflects the true image of the woman to her,...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 6:06 am UTC

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I believe that the central theme of this poem is about senescence. The beauty of this poem is that Plath uses personification through the mirror as a reflection of one's age. The mirror is...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 4:10 am UTC

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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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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" 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 the first stanza of Sylvia Plath's "Mirror," the mirror is given a voice as the first-person narrator of the poem. This is the first way in which Plath personifies the mirror. The mirror also...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 6:18 am UTC

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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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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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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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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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“Mirror” is an objective perspective on time and mortality and particularly about beauty – or the ephemeral nature of beauty and the superficiality of beauty. Mirrors are unconscious, so they can’t...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011 9:42 am UTC

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In this brilliant poem by Sylvia Plath, the theme of old age is explored. One of the key devices of the poem is the speaker or persona of the poem that Plath has chosen to explore this theme. The...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2009 10:52 pm UTC

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Before one can paraphrase a poem, it's best to fully understand its meaning, and then work your way backward from there. Let's look at the poem's most significant verses: I am silver and exact. I...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 12:58 am UTC

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The speaker in “Mirror” by Sylvia Path is, in the first stanza, a mirror hung on a wall. This mirror is exact and shows precisely what it sees. It spends much of its time looking at the opposite...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 8:17 pm UTC

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This poem is written in free verse; this means that its unit of rhythm is the line itself and the poet controls pacing not with a specific meter but with the length and punctuation of the lines....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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Plath's poem presents the reality of aging. The mirror is our narrator; it expresses its ultimate honesty, explaining that it cannot lie or be mistrusted--it is "silver and exact" with "no...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011 12:00 am UTC

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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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Sylvia Plath led a complex existence, culminating in her suicide. Her poems contain depths that may escape the average reader but which contain her attempt to rationalize her being. Her seemingly...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 11:22 am UTC

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In Plath's poem "Mirror," the speaker of the poem literally is a mirror on the bathroom wall. The mirror says that it has no opinions about what it reflects and that it simply gives images back to...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2011 8:34 pm UTC

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Crucial to understanding this poem as a whole is realising that Sylvia Plath is examining ageing through a very interesting medium. By telling the poem through the persona of the mirror, she allows...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010 6:55 pm UTC

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"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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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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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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[Please remember that analysis of a poem is subjective, and this answer is based upon what I perceive. Also note, however, that any interpretation of a piece of literature—to my mind—is valid as...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2015 12:03 am UTC

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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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This question has been asked and answered multiple times. See the following links; each discusses different characteristics and emotions such as being critical, personification, wistfulness, etc.

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011 12:04 pm UTC

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This is a great poem by Sylvia Plath, and one that addresses in a very unique way the subject of ageing that seems to preoccupy so many people nowadays. The image that your question refers to comes...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 3:32 am UTC

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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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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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This is an excellent poem exploring the psychology and impact of aging upon a female. However, note the ingenious way in which Plath chooses to write this poem. Instead of writing it from the...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

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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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The first stanza speaks as if it is a mirror. The second speaks as if it is the water of a lake. Both speak about their power of reflection which means they tell the truth, report exactness, and...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2010 9:03 am UTC

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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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There are at least two ways of looking at the poem 'Mirror' by Sylvia Plath, as there is a possibility that vanity is not the only interpretation. It is true that many readers will think that a...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 12:09 pm UTC

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First, Plath speaks from the point of view of the mirror itself. The mirror does not lie, as the saying goes, and the mirror attests to this in the first verse: …I have no preconceptions.Whatever...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 4:39 pm UTC

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While there are certainly a number of differences between the two poems, both seem to depict a woman who is very aware of the loss of her youth. In "Mirror," a physical mirror narrates, describing...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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The poem "Mirror" was written in 1961.

Latest answer posted April 13, 2008 2:33 am UTC

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