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Comment 65 of 165, added on January 24th, 2009 at 3:32 PM.
This wasn't, obviously, mentioned, and I would like to settle the
interpretation of the poem. Sylvia Plath was bulimic. The concept of the
mirror is her (in)ability to control her need to rid herself of her
with this in mind; reread the poem;
"I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful --
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish."
note the last four lines as they seem to emphasize her bulimia.
I, personally, love Plath's poetry, and the way she manages to obscure her
pain into her lavish poetry is what made Plath, so unique; her issues and
troubles made her the writer she was..
Comment 64 of 165, added on January 13th, 2009 at 1:13 AM.
I like this poem because it makes me a happy human being :)
Nirav Devnani from United Arab Emirates
Comment 63 of 165, added on September 30th, 2008 at 9:25 AM.
The meaning of this poem, to me, is simple. Everyday this woman stares into
the mirror hoping to see something different, but everyday all she sees is
how her life is passing her by and how she ages. It depresses her because
she longs to be young again.The last two lines clearly mean that she sees
her youth slipping away from her as age replaces it. Age is something this
woman is clearly afraid of or dreading. The mirror shows the woman no lies,
as the world does. It gives her a clear image of who she realy is and thats
what she doesnt like. She searches the mirror to find something different
but comes out with nothing but time passing her by.
Nikki from United States
Comment 62 of 165, added on September 24th, 2008 at 3:47 AM.
Interesting interpretation though there is no need to be so smug "Ste UK".
What amuses me about what you have typed is that you have the cheek to
comment on Americans but as a Brit you have terrible grammer.
from United Kingdom
Comment 61 of 165, added on September 22nd, 2008 at 3:05 PM.
hey WHOA Ste UK, american's can be pricks but i think it is time to get
over this little grudge you have on america and not judge every single
person you sunovabitch
Comment 60 of 165, added on February 20th, 2008 at 8:23 PM.
What is the meaning of the last two lines???
I don't want to know what they mean,
I want to know why she put them last and how it effects the rest of the
javier robles from United States
Comment 59 of 165, added on September 14th, 2007 at 1:02 PM.
i'm doing a presentation in my engligh 3 class and i have read so many
outlooks on this poem. it totally stinks its really stupid but i do
understand it and plath is absolutley crazy
from United States
Comment 58 of 165, added on June 14th, 2007 at 7:59 AM.
Is anyone else doing A Level English? If so, I just got the pre-release
material and this is one of the texts! So basically I have till Tuesday to
research and know all there is to know about it. I love it but it's quite
from United Kingdom
Comment 57 of 165, added on June 13th, 2007 at 4:20 PM.
From what I have read so far all people from the US have failed to
recognise that 'like a terrible fish' is not a reference to an illusion of
a fish bowl as some clever person put it (Erin US) it refers to Narcissus
and Echo. Narcissus was enthralled by his reflection so much from what he
seen in the river that his mental state deteriorated and he eventually
killed himself. And guess what Sylvia Plath done 3 days before valentines
day? she killed herself would you believe, shocking or what. We Brits are
glad to save you americans (as usual)
Ste Uk from United Kingdom
Comment 56 of 165, added on March 11th, 2007 at 5:00 PM.
In my opinion, 'Mirror' seems to be focused upon a couple of key ideas:
Firstly, Plath concentrates on the process of aging, which is catching up
with her; however we must all remember that she was only 29/30 when the
poem was first published (I think), so not old by any means. I take the
idea of aging not just on a physical level, but also as a result of her
concern over her achievements during her life; "In me she has drowned a
young girl, and in me an old woman / Rises towar her day after day" - and
she appears depressed as to what she has achieved ("Searching my reaches
for what she really is.") Plath wishes to be lied to by "the candles or the
moon" as it seems as if the truth is unpalatable to her.
Secondly, I believe that she is reacting at the way in which the world is
centred upon materialstic designs, for instance for women to look good.
Therefore, "each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness"; the
protagonist continues to want to make herself look good, despite her
advancing years, in order to fit in with society's demands. The mirror is
described as "a little god" which seems to support the idea of its
importance to women as a whole. It can also be interpretated as
self-condemnatory in this light, as Plath still feels the need to fit in
with what the world wants, despite the fact she recognises how futile such
A poem which shows a women who certainly seems to have been rather
depressed upon its publication, an issue which seems to ring throughout,
but a great poem nonetheless.
David from United Kingdom
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