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Analysis and comments on Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 40 of 180, added on October 26th, 2005 at 4:23 AM.

Joannes question about the fish - in my interpretation, Plath is again
describing the change the woman has gone through from a young person
looking into the mirror and become an older person still looking into the
same mirror. The reference to a 'terrible fish' helps this as a fish' skin
brings about the effect of it being scaly. Plath is trying to convey an
image that the old woman mentioned in the previous line is no longer young
or smooth, a terrible fish has been formed, a changed and older person has
grown while looking in the same mirror throughout the years.

p from United Kingdom
Comment 39 of 180, added on October 24th, 2005 at 4:03 PM.

i'v just studied this poem in english class and i love it!i think everyone
can relate to the things plath is talking about in the poem!a true work of
genius!it really describes the way we all feel when we look in a mirror!

Holly DS from Ireland
Comment 38 of 180, added on October 8th, 2005 at 5:46 AM.

Don't you think that Sylvia Plath's poem reflects a bit of all of us. She
is just Human and this poem shows her deep feelings. Everyone once in a
while cares about what they look like and wants to catch a glanze at
themselves. I think this poem is very expressive. Don't you think everyone
has they're own mirror type of mirror?

Brownie from United Kingdom
Comment 37 of 180, added on October 6th, 2005 at 11:02 AM.

In my opinion, Sylvia Plath’s poem, ‘Mirror’, is a poem about a woman who
wants to be, or wants to believe she is, beautiful. She is torn between
being who she is and the want of changing herself. She keeps coming to the
mirror to see her reflection, as we are told by ‘I am important to her’,
but she is never satisfied, as is shown by the fact that after seeing her
reflection, she has ‘tears and an agitation of hands’. We sense her
frustration in two ways. The first is the fact that she looks at herself in
a lake as well as in the mirror because she is unsatisfied with what she
sees. This could also symbolise the fact that though she runs from the
truth, she can’t escape it because she sees mirrors everywhere. The second
is shown when ‘she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon’. Candles
and the moon are generally thought to hide imperfections due to their dim
and gentle light. The mirror therefore perceives them as liars because they
deceive the woman of the way she actually looks. The woman however knows
that she doesn’t really look like that so she turns back to the mirror and
‘rewards (it) with tears’. Also, we see that the woman misses her youth in
the last two lines of the poem, ‘in me she has drowned a young girl
and...an old woman rises towards her...like a terrible fish’, the first
person in that line being the mirror. The ‘terrible fish’ could also
represent death, which draws nearer as the woman gets older.
The mirror in this poem could symbolise the truth since it describes
itself as ‘not cruel, only truthful’ and ‘the eye of a god’, showing that
it is all-knowing and honest. ‘The eye of god’ also suggests that the
mirror has some sort of power over her because she keeps coming back to the
mirror although she does not like what she sees.


Feet from Cyprus
Comment 36 of 180, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 2:58 AM.

I belive that every one can has his or her own veiw in analyzing poems,and
we can not say that this or that point of view is rong becouse when a
person read a poem, he will have his own feelings towards that very poem.
in my opinion eventhough sylvia plath had maybe some mental or psycological
problems she was a great poet who had the ability of reflecting her
personality through her poems. So in this poem I think that she is talking
about herself

alkhenbeshi from Yemen
Comment 35 of 180, added on September 21st, 2005 at 4:43 PM.

What’s going on with all these people criticizing other people comments?
Give your opinion about the poem, and that’s that. If I want your opinion
about the comments I made then I will ask you. Is that fair?

rocky from United States
Comment 34 of 180, added on August 6th, 2005 at 3:20 PM.

Hey all listen i really need help analyzing mirror could you help me out? i
just need to know what metaphors are used, what rythm the poem has and how
onomatopoeia is used please let me know if you know the answer as soon as
possible thankyou!

Anne from Australia
Comment 33 of 180, added on July 27th, 2005 at 4:56 PM.

People, at least try to say something intelligent. (I'm talking to you
Kavita and Heather) "Oo, this poem rocks! It kicks ass!" In comments like
yours is the degeneration of education. On another note, I think Kathleen
is right on the money, and I think the ending about the fish is a metaphor
for her image of an old woman. Maybe she's comparing her aged visage to a
fish.

Clytemnestra from United States
Comment 32 of 180, added on July 7th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.

I've liked this poem because it shows the reality in life.Nobody can hide
his or her true images.Here the poet is showing her fears of ageing.A
mirror shows us our true appearance.This poem makes me reflect a lot.

Kavita from Canada
Comment 31 of 180, added on June 8th, 2005 at 12:07 PM.

Plath's poem Mirror is in a way how she thinks about her self but it is
still a very good poem that she had wrote and i LOVE
IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heather from Ireland

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