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Comparing Poems

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Comparing Poems This essay will be comparing two poems 'Mirror' by Sylvia Plath and 'The Ruined Maid' by Thomas Hardy. Both these poems are from a woman's perspective and relates to their feelings and emotions however 'The Ruined Maid' is written from Hardy Thomas's point of view, on the issue of prostitution. The Mirror is like a vivid portrayal of a woman, in which the poet Sylvia Plath is reflecting her life in a mirror and then a lake bearing in mind they both show reflections although it is in a different way. I think that Plath uses the mirror as a symbol of herself. Yet, in the second stanza she describes a woman who looks into the mirror/lake ''now I am a lake. A woman bends over me''. I also believe that this is her, one refers to her sane state of mental health (the mirror) and the other refers to the insane person within Plath (the lake). This poem shows how Sylvia Plath is in search inside her soul for talent to bring happiness within herself, this is quiet ironic because although she is very talented she feels very low to herself and struggles with a very low esteem. On the other hand the poem 'The Ruined Maid' is the opposite really. ...read more.

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''O didn't you know I'd been ruined?' said she'' Melia refers to herself as she as if she is talking about another person by saying 'said she', I think that this is because she thinks she has changed into someone else and that she does not feel like herself anymore. ''Yes that's how we dress when we're ruined,' said she''. Melia repetitively says that she is ruined this gets the reader thinking of what may have happened to her and creates more of a mystery in the readers mind. The poem is structured like a conversation between two people, and not like a poem. The poem 'Mirror' does not have any rhyme or rhythm to the poem it is a free verse poem on the other hand but it is very effective because of the strong words used throughout the poem and the use of personification also the symbolic meaning to some objects. "Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. I see her back, and reflect it faithfully." To me candles signify romantic love and the moon represents promises, romance, dreaming of one's love, which can be a lie when the love you're dreaming of is unfortunate for you or not loving you in return. ...read more.

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Images are characterized by their rural simplicity, ''hands like paws''; and superstitious, uncivilized brutality: ''home life a hag-ridden dream''. This effectively characterizes the life and people Melia has left but poses the question: is her new life any better? Overall I think the main difference between both these poems and both the characters in both these poems are that Sylvia plath is insecure and has a very low self esteem and feels very low to herself and also feels that she has no talent in her, when in fact she is very talented and she is worried of what people may think of her. Sylvia also feels very lonely because she has no-one to love her. On the other hand 'The Ruined Maid' is the one with no talent but she is used to the idea of being a prostitute, and does not feel insecure about it, this is obvious because of the way she constantly repeats she's 'ruined'. Melia doesn't seem to care of what people may think of her and she also doesn't seem very concerned about relationships or neither she is in search of true love like Sylvia, she sees prostitution as her profession and turns to prostitution for independence and freedom. Both of the poems are about a status of a woman and how they see themselves. By Atiya Choudhury Year 11 ...read more.

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