A woman bends over me, … Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. In the second stanza, things changed. The title mirror naturally brings to mind ideas of reflection. I am not cruel, only truthful, The eye of a little god, four-cornered. She and her husband moved to a small town and their marriage began going worse.
I am important to her. She feels that her beauty and youth have been swallowed by me. A woman has been looking into both the mirror and the lake at her own reflection. It shows her true self to her. 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. It neither has any likes or dislikes. The links below are to help you review connotation: what it is and how it is different from denotation.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over. Do they think about the trees? She uses personification when she describes how she walks in the forests but the trees do not notice her. Ask students how they feel when they go into the woods or a park for a nature walk. He also mentions the image of maternal self-annihilation and sacrifice; She is the reflection of the mirror as a passive servant. It is through this truth that it holds a certain power over her. She killed herself whilst her kids were sleeping using gas from an oven. In the poem water is both a reflecting surface and an actual lake.
The entire presents a perfect example of. By seeing her true self, she becomes aware of the distinction between her exterior and interior lives. In the beginning the changes are simple, like the acts of day turning to night, but at the end we see the life changes of a woman in particular. It is her companion and confident. She extremely unhappy with herself and her image, her own life and being.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987. She's an icon especially to female poets because she was so succe … ssful in her own right, with a unique view on life, men, relationships and a woman's purpose. I am important to her. Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. 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. The poem is written from the perspectives of two entities: a mirror and a lake, and the piece stands for the ideas of honesty, truth, and neutrality.
Sylvia Plath: An Introduction to the Poetry. Then ask volunteers to analyze aloud the imagery they used and ask the class for commentary. But i have a different interpretation of this poem and i may be wrong but i want to share it nonetheless. However, unlike a lake mirror is very small in size and cannot be deep and endless like a lake. Jeannine Johnson tells us how Sylvia Plath uses personification to give the mirror a human capacity for speech. He also mentions the image of maternal self-annihilation and sacrifice; She is the reflection of the mirror as a passive servant.
She describes the fact that the Mirror is not just to look in to check her appearance but also to obtain information about her basic identity. She won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950 and even then she had an enviable list of publications. By seeing her true self, she becomes aware of the distinction between her exterior and interior lives. Whatif is a poem that many elementary school teachers use because it is all about personification. A lack of self-esteem and self-acceptance of the woman are shown in the poem. A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is.
The poem is divided by two parts. Sylvia plath always struggled to find love because she was very objective about things but for being that she always got the agitation of hand from the women world staring in the mirror, and when the women turned to the candles and the moon she was happy. The glass to Freedman suggests the woman writer. In the first stanza, the mirror reflects everything before it without judgement. The mirror reflects reality and the woman writer can only reflect male desires and ideals. This is why the mirror considers himself a superior friend. She is also having a close look at her face to gauge the damage that time has done.
We saw faces in the first stanza, but now we focus on one face in particular. A woman is looking at herslef, and we find out she isn't very happy with her reflection in the lake, so she tries to find a kinder reflection under the light of a candle or the moon. Most of the time, the mirror looks across the empty room and meditates on the pink speckled wall across from it. Hopefully some day l will have more understanding in all this! A sensitive person who tended to be a bit of a perfectionist she was what many would consider a model daughter and student - popular, a straight A student, always winning the best prizes. Giving an autobiographical account of itself, the mirror has highlighted its qualities in the poem Mirror.
She compares them to humans in their pushiness. The woman struggles with the loss of her beauty, admitting each day that she is growing older. 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. Though the speaker is a mirror, the subjects are time and appearance. After all, in this poem a mirror is able to talk, so why wouldn't it be able to turn into something else? Part of the unusual aspect of this poem is that the entire piece is written from the perspective of the mirror. Now it is an older woman looking back through the mirror at her. The poet combine these two personifications with the gustatory by giving an idea of the things that look into the mirror and the lake as a food that they have to 'reflect' the image they 'swallowed' because of its terrible appearance.