The woman realizes that she can't dwell on the past. In the ensuing years her work attracted the attention of a multitude of readers, who saw in her singular verse an attempt to catalogue despair, violent emotion, and obsession with death. There is another way of looking at this as well: The mirror tells the reader that the passage of time has affected the woman's appearance. Hence she catches a glimpse of herself in the dim candlelight and moonlight. I guess the poem reflets a deep pain, a despair.
There are very few similarities as both these poems are polar opposites and blatantly contrast each other, the only similarity is her writing style although both written through different perceptions. It is thus highly idealised in the poem. The woman is becoming old now, but she used to be young and beautiful once. A lack of self-esteem and self-acceptance of the woman are shown in the poem. I had a good learning from this poem and more knowlegde about Sylvia. A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is.
She goes everyday thinking that it will help her but it ends up making her more and more depressed. The second stanza of the poem looks at a woman through the eyes of the mirror as a lake and describes her life and how she is slowly growing towards old age. Faces and darkness separate us over and over. It explores how sometimes truth can cause agony. At her brutal best—and Plath is a brutal poet—she taps a source of power that transforms her poetic voice into a raving avenger of womanhood and innocence. Dead children, coiled as serpents, have been folded by the woman in her body. The two stanzas look they are being reflected at the break because their lines… Sylvia Plath Known to be one of the best and tortured poets of her time, Sylvia Plath entranced many readers with her melancholic writing.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness. The mirror establishes that it tells the truth by reflecting exactly what it sees, with no intent to harm. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. To the mirror, she is a fish disturbing the calm lake surface. It is merely being truthful by showing things as they are. How long this woman has been looking in the mirror is unclear. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
Plath successfully used many poetic techniques and utilised them effectively. I am afraid of getting married. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. Sylvia Plath October 27, 1932 — February 11, 1963 was one of the most renowned and influential poets, novelists, and short story writers of the 20th century. 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. The woman looks at old age as a corruption and degradation of herself from what she used to be.
And in this she has lost her true self. As a first-time mother, she was on the way toward fulfilling her love for her partner, but deep inside she dreaded the idea of ever growing old and settling down. There are uncertain faces coming between it, and the wall of pink. It is pink, with speckles. Her elements were extreme: a violent, almost demonic spirit in her, opposed a tenderness and capacity to suffer and love things infinitely, which was just as great and far more in evidence. The two were married in 1956.
The poetess suffered from clinical depression and attempted suicide several times, succeeding in 1963 at the age of 30. This shows an acceptance of that loneliness and even affection towards it. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. After reading this comment, reread the poem. Candles and the moon are generally thought to hide imperfections due to their dim and gentle light. Mirror is a very deep poem. The mirror feel that the wall is a part of itself.
Plath attended Smith College and due to overwhelming conditions, she lapsed into a severe depression and overdosed on sleeping pills. Further, while it does not offer moral judgment, it is able to observe and understand its owner the woman as she grapples with the reality of aging. Mirror is a truly unusual and unique piece as it attempts to present truth about the self, unhindered even by personal conceptions. Overall this poem was very intriging and eventually it was a good read but i dread it being on my final test paper!!!! I think this poem is very expressive. In this extract, the poet through mirror says, however, my steady view is interrupted many times. In the first stanza the mirror tells us about itself and describes its experiences: what it has seen and what it does most of the time. By seeing her true self, she becomes aware of the distinction between her exterior and interior lives.
There are no blurry lines; love or judgement has nothing to do with it. The mirror shows no color and has no preference. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. I myself am a poem writer but, I write about others not myself. Despite being disappointed at the sight of her ageing reflection, she cannot give up.
It is direct, objective and open. Sylvia Plath's poem has her hallmark stamp of powerful language, sharp imagery and dark undertones. Edge, which paints the image of a woman and children in death, is widely considered to be the last poem written by Plath and some regard it as more of a suicide note. Old age is inescapable, but the idea of ageing is not received well by everyone. Ariel is renowned for its sensuous imagery; and for its varied and complex interpretations. I think the unity of her opus is clear. If accepted, your analysis will be added to this page of American Poems.