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Comment 10 of 110, added on November 28th, 2004 at 7:04 PM.
This poem is merely about a mirror, no more. i know, i'm a professor.
from United States
Comment 9 of 110, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 7:34 PM.
The poem is about Sylvia's life adn death.
from United States
Comment 8 of 110, added on November 15th, 2004 at 10:22 AM.
Reading this poem makes you take step back on how women feel about their
slowly aging features as they grow older. Why does the feeling spread
throughout each elder? I guess it's just expected.
from United States
Comment 7 of 110, added on November 12th, 2004 at 11:16 AM.
Don't read too much into the poem. Over-analyzing it takes away from it's
initial sting; a beautiful sting. Life is already so complex on its own,
let us not ruin the simplicity of echoing verse.
Comment 6 of 110, added on October 26th, 2004 at 7:53 PM.
This poem is a good poem worth reading again and again,but it's not so
complex as many people say,mirror represents her father, herself ,even her
husband.Some people even mention the hints of her death,it's impossible,the
poem is written in 1961 and she died in early 1963,her husband betrayed her
in 1962. So I think the theme of this poem is just to show how important
the appearance is to the women,mirror,lake(may be a basin of water for her
to wash her face in the morning)don't tell lie,they have the same function
of telling truths,they are all personified to indicate women's fear and
depression of aging,to reflect women's embarrassment in a world, where
youth and beauty is valued.
Comment 5 of 110, added on October 21st, 2004 at 8:57 AM.
I believe that in this poem the mirror is actually Sylvia's husband. She
compares the mirror to 'the eye of a little god' meaning that he believes
that he is better than her. The poem also talks about the mirror never
getting to close (mediate on the opposite wall). It seems as though since
she has been with him so long that they are in love, but it is not the
case. Faces and darkness seperate them (affairs and buisness). The lake in
the second verse is her escape, it could be drugs, other men or alcohol.
She goes everyday thinking that it will help her but it ends up making her
more and more depressed. The terrible fish is her rotting marriage and her
failed attempts to hide her misery.
Comment 4 of 110, added on October 7th, 2004 at 2:52 PM.
I found this a very hard poem to grasp, i am in yr 11 and studying this and
found it very confusing because it has so many menaings, however my own
opinion it that it shows the mirror being truthful and what it is emnat to
but then when the woman [sylvia i believe] looks into she can no longer
hide the truth that she is ageing, however she keeps going to this mirror
or the lake that is in representation of a mirror in hope that she might
have changed. This poem is very dark and very depressing and i believe is
what is drawn upon from her own depression on life snd the sadness she went
through wihch finally led to her suicide sadly. What i love about this poem
though is how she uses the moon and the candles which i believe represent
love, and how she uses them to show all the lies she has had in love before
and she goes to the mirror in search of truth. Overall this poem was very
intriging and eventually it was a good read but i dread it being on my
final test paper!!!!
Comment 3 of 110, added on September 19th, 2004 at 9:34 AM.
the poem personifies the mirror beautifully, at first describing its honest
depiction of what truly is. it also mentions that when the woman is not
looking at it it is dark. The poet compares its crystal clearness with a
clear lake water disturbed only at times with the woman searching her face.
The woman is distraught at signs of old age. To the mirror, she is a fish
disturbing the calm lake surface.
tulika mukerjee saha
Comment 2 of 110, added on September 15th, 2004 at 3:59 PM.
I disagree I believe that she is looking into the mirror seeing all her
truths and knows that the mirror will not lie to her back. It symbolizes
her failures in life which Sylvia thought she had many. However, for the
second part of the poem i took that the women now looking in the mirror was
about all women and how they were not free to be accepted in the world and
were pulled down by the male restraints in society. And also at the very
end of the poem I felt as though she was talking about the fish coming out
of the water being that of her father, because a fish is hidden under the
water, but always has the ability to reappear. And i don't believe that
Sylvia is implying that she is scared of the darkness of death, hence, she
Comment 1 of 110, added on September 8th, 2004 at 9:10 AM.
The mirror is a comfort when you are young and vain. However, old and
wrinkled it will not lie you and moves from a comfort to a heavy pain
inside of you, remembering once when the reflection was beautiful - I
believe this poem was about her, and her fears and haunts of aging - as all
of us our vain to an extent and scared even more of the darkness of deaths
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