The Poem Mirror By Sylvia Plath Essay

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Mirror The poem "Mirror", written by Sylvia Plath, shows a mirror describing not only its own its existence, but also a woman 's, who is seeking its approval as she grows older. Plath repeatedly makes the mirror come alive, as it reflections reveal the struggle between the worlds reality and our own. Through out the poem, Plath uses several literary techniques to contribute to the overall meaning. "Mirror" begins by revealing that the narrator of this poem is a mirror. This poem is told from a first person point of view, and is free verse following no rhyme scheme. It is divided into two stanzas, the first depicting the mirror as hanging on a wall, the second as a lake. The poem begins with an image of a "silver and exact” (1) mirror, which immediately reveals to the reader the mirrors reflective and honest nature. The mirror has "no preconceptions" (1) or bias opinions, only truth. "I see I swallow immediately" (2) is an alliteration used by Plath to show the personification of the mirror by the human qualities it is given. The mirror is shown repeatedly that it is not be persuaded by anything, not even "love or dislike" (3). A metaphor is used by Plath to compare the mirror to an "eye of God" (5) By comparing the mirror to a god; Plath illuminates the mirrors omniscient and omnipresent qualities, showing its divine power. There is a minor shift in line 6, as the mirror changes from describing itself to describing its surroundings. The mirror reflects "the opposite wall"…

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