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compare two poems Only the wall by Matthew Sweeney and Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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Introduction

I am going to compare two poems "Only the wall" by Matthew Sweeney and "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath. Both poems are similar as they both use personification. The poem "Only the wall" has the wall, which is personified as the wall is seeing what is happening, but cannot tell anyone. The poem "Mirror" has the mirror, which is personified, as the poem shows what the mirror sees. The poem mirror is about a mirror and a woman who is obsessed with the mirror. The mirror says it does not lie it just tells the truth. "I am not cruel only truthful" This tells you the mirror does not lie it shows the truth even though it might hurt and that it cannot judge how someone looks. ...read more.

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The poet's idea is trying to make us think about how people care so much about how they look. "I am important to her. She comes and goes. Each morning her face replaces the darkness." This tells us that the woman is maybe upset with the way she looks and how the mirror is really important because she wishes that she could be young and pretty again. Overall I think this poem was sad as it made me feel sorry for the woman. Also at first I found it hard to understand. The second poem has a different subject to the first poem. The first poem is about a woman looking in the mirror and the second poem is about a wall watching three bullies bullying a boy. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the second poem, the poem has been structured so that the first and second line in each stanza says what day it is and what the wall sees whereas in the first poem it has been structured with two stanzas. For example: "The second day the wall didn't see" This tells you what day it is and what the wall sees. In the second poem the poets main idea is that the wall sees everything the bullies do but cannot tell anyone because the wall cannot speak. "The wall felt three bullies lean against it, ready to ambush the new boy" This tells us how the wall felt sorry for the boy and wished he could something. Overall I found this poem interesting because it was upsetting by the way the wall saw what the bullies were doing but could not do anything to help. ...read more.

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