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Analysis and comments on Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 60 of 180, 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 180, 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

Brittany from United States
Comment 58 of 180, 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

Lotti from United Kingdom
Comment 57 of 180, 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 180, 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
actions are.
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
Comment 55 of 180, added on December 12th, 2006 at 2:04 PM.

mirror is exact,it swallows whatewer it sees,it is true,has no
preconceptions;the mirror resembles itself to an eye of god from these
respects.darknes and faces are hardships of life,problems,difficulties.they
cut mirror's wision.in the tenth line we see the word of lake and at the
last line the symbol of fish.they are conected with each others.mirror is a
lake and this girl searces herself in it but at the end she's
stunned,terrified,scared.this woman looking herself in the mirror prefers
liers;candles or moon.we see our defects in the sun light because it showa
realities.but when it is dark,and only a little light,we can see ourselves
perfect,witout any defect.she does not want to accept the truths,the
realities of herself,of life.however she pretends to deny the realities,she
still goes to see them!this is a contras.she is old now,and not wanting to
be old she prefers liers,just like us when want to see things only from our
own windows.

elis from Turkey
Comment 54 of 180, added on December 12th, 2006 at 1:52 PM.

in this poem we see reflections of plath's own.she was in depression while
writing it.she must be confused,confused because of some realities maybe,or
getting old makes her to think like that.there are a lot of metaphors in
'mirror'.also we see mitological references from greek mits;a person who
lowes himself so much that,while looking at his reflection on the lake he
falls to the water and dies...i really like this poet,she is one of
america's best modern poet i think.

elis from Turkey
Comment 53 of 180, added on April 10th, 2006 at 10:26 PM.

At first I was confused but, now I am not. I am taking my final exam on
this poem and, I think it is the greatest thing I ever read and I am glad I
chose Mirrow to do it on. I do believe it was a young girl not wanting to
age but realizing she has no choice. I myself am a poem writer but, I write
about others not myself. But Plath was my girl I love very much. Nice job

Tina from United States
Comment 52 of 180, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 4:21 PM.

I absolutly loved this poem...it is so sad that her suffering can suface so
much interest, i love all of her poems and i wish she were here to write

Larkin from United States
Comment 51 of 180, added on March 3rd, 2006 at 4:02 PM.

I think Anne Sexton was on way too much drugs and smoked herself retarded.
Talk about being half baked. She definitely is a sex addict!


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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Mirror
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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