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Comparison of loneliness in the poems "Mirror" and "Spinster" by Sylvia Plath.

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´╗┐Comparison of loneliness in the poems mirror and spinster" by Sylvia Plath. The poems mirror and spinster by Sylvia Plath are unique in the presentation of a theme of loneliness engulfing the protagonists. The poem mirror is written in free verse with no set pattern of rhythm and rhyme. The poem probes into the corners of human nature, Beauty, life and death and deals at large with the eternal truth of human life. The mirror is isolated and alienated from humanity. It likes to be associated with the wall and through the wall it has plenty of opportunities to reflect on human life-its joys and fears. And it despises anyone that comes between it and the wall, thereby disturbing its meditation in isolation. The wall is a part and parcel of its existence. The mirror serves as an emblem of objective truth. But it is not cruel. The mirror is a metaphor that teaches humanity that appearances are secondary. ...read more.

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Sylvia Plath beautifully helps us understand her psyche by comparing spring with winter. Spring is the season of love, mating and singing. The particular girl is averse to the courting of her suitor in the month of April. He is the latest suitor of this spinster. The word latest shows that it is not her extempore decision to keep away from the connubial bliss; to the contrary it is a much deliberated action on her part. The chirping of the birds and the foliage of leaves make her despise the beauty of spring. Like Shelley?s ode to autumn, she too looks forward to listening the harsh music of autumn, where there is cold and austerity. The cold is a metaphor for loneliness, as it freezes all temptations and emotions. Winter will help away transcend the passions and cravings for human flesh. Spring is slovenly while winter is revivifying. Winter inculcates the thoughts of discipline and self control while summer that of fruition and sensuality. ...read more.

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Just like the spinster it envisages its future incarcerated in the four walls of the room, and in the barricade, that serve as the symbols of their solitude. The mirror?s loneliness is disturbed by people that came to look at themselves in the mirror, while that of the woman is at stake whenever she is with a suitor. They take pride in their existence far away from the maddening crowd, away from the din of cacophonous sounds and the threats of insurgence. Both take delight in their existence away from any intruder disrupting their privacy and individuality. The walls and the barbed wire act as symbols to illustrate their independence paradoxically. The mirror and the spinster both want to live away from the vicious circle of love and dislike. The didactic poems have an autobiographical touch also. Although Sylvia Plath was married her marriage was not a happy one. Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, she committed suicide in 1963. Thus her life was marked by loneliness and isolation as she was also deserted by her father. She was often called a silent woman. ...read more.

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