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Analysis and comments on Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 21 of 171, added on February 28th, 2005 at 9:01 PM.

I think this is a beautiful poem which doesn't have to be over analyzed.
What I like to do is just sit back and enjoy the beauty of it.

Amber from United States
Comment 20 of 171, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 12:02 PM.

I noticed as I read on the comments were a wee bit upset with the
professor. Although I must agree with him. Without reading “The Bell Jar”
or her Bio you are going to take a poem and reflect it toward your life’s
emotions and strife or you will try to analyze with what you do know about
her. In “The Bell Jar” there is a entire explanation about the mirror.
She had attempted her first suicide with sleeping pills in the crawl space
of her home. She took too many which saved her life. (she vomited them
up). She was there for 3 days before she was found. In the hospital she
talked a nurse into giving her a mirror. The nurse refused at first then
finally let her have it. At the sight of herself swollen, bruised and bald
she dropped the mirror and broke it. She ended up in a mental institution
undergoing shock therapy. Which would explain the bottom portion of the
poem. I have noticed in my independent study of Plath she basis most of
her writings on her own life and strife. Cueing in actual events. Once
you’ve read the “Bell Jar” which I recommend and more vivid bios her works
make so much more sense in aspect to her herself. Hope this cleared up
some of the fogginess. After reading this comment, reread the poem. See
what you think.

Lenore from United States
Comment 19 of 171, added on January 17th, 2005 at 8:51 PM.

I believe that the "Mirror" is about Ted Hughes representing the mirror and
Sylvia Plath herself as the woman. He's not "cruel, only truthful--" and
powerful over her "the eye of a little god, four-cornered". He does not
wish to become closer to her, merely letting darkness and people come
between them. The lake has no big thing, only that it is equivalent, for
it reflects. Sylvia is the woman, giving up her past and her future for
him. Oh, how I luv symbolism! (Yes, I know I am that UK nerd...)

Victoria Lucas from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 171, added on January 17th, 2005 at 12:29 PM.

lance bass - just because you're a professor don't think you know
everything! i believe it's about her experience in the psychiatric
hospital. the woman she refers to is her mother - "she rewards me with
tears and an agitation of hands. i am important to her, she comes and goes"
read the bell jar and you will see :)

becky from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 171, added on January 5th, 2005 at 6:11 PM.

If you think about it, at one point or another, haven't we felt this way;
just like the mirror or the woman. You know that Sylvia is not talking
about a mirror, but maybe about herself of as someone else said, her
husband. But why take this poem and analyze it? Why not look at it and say,
'wow, that really can relate to me'. Isn't that what poems are for? Haven't
you ever felt that way?

Dasha from United States
Comment 16 of 171, added on December 29th, 2004 at 12:27 AM.

I think this poem is great I have never read a poem that touched me. I
think it is great that we all read the same thoughts of someone who is
passed so long and interpret it so differently...i wonder what she intended
us to think. I just know it meant a lot to me and I hope she is happy where
she is now:)

Katie Berard from United States
Comment 15 of 171, added on December 23rd, 2004 at 12:45 PM.

I believe she was feeling the effects all women feel going from gorgious
twenties two thirties loosing the attention of the room when entering it.
And dealing with that.

MARIA from United States
Comment 14 of 171, added on December 23rd, 2004 at 12:40 PM.

Being N PROFESSOR DOES'NT MEAN YOU CAN SEE INTO SOMEONES SOUL ON WHICH SHE
POURED ON TO HER PAGES.

hope from United States
Comment 13 of 171, added on December 16th, 2004 at 6:59 PM.

This poem is about whatever reaction it had on the reader. For your
reports, talk about your personal reaction along with some facts, because
poetry isn't just about whatever the professor thinks (lance bass).

Ang
Comment 12 of 171, added on December 9th, 2004 at 7:17 PM.

This poem is off the hizzle shizzle no fo rizzle man.......... NAw dawg
just playin u know that dissle and way This poem has great comments thanks
for helping me with my report

nuckin scoots from United States

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