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On its surface, Plath’s poem seems to be simply about a mirror and the woman who continues to look into it day after day. The story of the mirror is told from the perspective of the mirror itself as it stands nonjudgmental in the corner of a room and looking endlessly at the far wall, which is “pink, with speckles” (7). The mirror presents itself as nonjudgmental, but there are hints throughout the poem that it does judge those who look into it by the way in which they judge themselves. The second stanza of the poem allows the mirror to transform itself into a lake where (presumably) the same woman peeks in to search her reflection. In this stanza, time speeds up, first taking on human dimensions and then speeding into “each morning” (16) and finally counting down “day after day” (18) as the young girl becomes an old woman.
The poem seems to capture the sense of time as it is experienced in a lifetime. In childhood, time is meaningless, it stands still and goes nowhere, like the mirror placidly sitting in the room and contemplating the pink wall. “I have looked at it so long / I think it is a part of my heart” (7-8) just like the child is a child for all of its experience and often thinks it will remain so. However, the wall, like childhood, “flickers. / Faces and darkness separate us over and over” (8-9) as the child begins to grow into a young woman. The second stanza makes this point much clearer as the young woman continues to look into the mirror for signs of the lost child and finds instead evidence of the aging woman. “She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands” (13) when she looks for a fairer reflection such as what is seen by the romantic light of candles or the moon, yet she cannot deny the call of the reflection as she returns every day. Through this behavior, the mirror sees that she has “drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
This progression is very much like the passage of time in William
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With the help of the poem, she aims to have killed the presence of her father in her life and she has tried to tell the reader that despite the pain, trauma and struggle that her father put her through, she is finally able to achieve a sense of decorum in her mind by being through with him and not bothering about his life anymore.
Some of the stylistic devices used in the poem are characterization, personification and the use of imagery. Through these devices, a reader understands the mirror and the woman that the author talks about in the poem. One also gets to understand the view of the author, connect, and relate to him effectively.
Within the scenario of literature, especially within poetry, readers and critics attempt to read between lines and try to unearth hidden facts in the poems. To be specific, readers and critics consider those renowned poets make use of poetry as a medium to express their personal opinions and to share their emotions.
Name Professor Course Date Creative writing skills used by Silvia Plath in her work Silvia Plath was a famous American novelist, poet, and short story writer. She died of depression at an early age of thirty. Plath was a success driven and wrote her first poem at the age of eight.
This is a prose from her poem called "Three Women" which defines how three different women go through childbirth and womanhood, in rather differing circumstances- birth, infertility and unwanted pregnancy. How the first woman is pleased, while the other devastated by the series of similar events.
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In Clifton's poem, "This Morning," and Plath's poem, "Last Words," both explore the complexities of the female American identity.
Poetry has a beautiful ability to pull ideas and emotions out from the depths of one’s being with only a few short lines and a well-chosen metaphor. Through various literary devices, poets are able to paint pictures for their readers that more concretely define the feelings and beliefs that remain, for most of the world, almost impossible to define to any satisfactory degree.
This research aims to evaluate and present the issue of self-representation as a fundamental component in the personal writings and poetry of Sylvia Plath that any form of interpretation such as feminist, psychoanalytical, or even metaphysical, cannot transpire without an allusion to the self. The paper explores some of the forms of self-representation that Plath exploited in her writings, both the personal and the public texts.
The mirror apparently is the speaker in this literary work. At the start, Plath plainly presented an explicit narrative description of the mirror by using adjectives that depict objectivity such as silver, exact, no preconceptions (Plath line 1).