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I will compare are: "Blackberrying" and "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath.

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Sylvia Plath Poems The two poems that I will compare are: "Blackberrying" and "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath. Both the poems show a sense of loneliness in the poet's life but are put together quite differently. The poem "Blackberrying" starts of with rich sensuous description but has a depressed feeling. This is created from the very start of the poem as it begins with a very negative word, "Nobody". The poem could be about a time when Sylvia Plath went blackberrying but I think that is about her life and her thoughts on life because the words used wouldn't make clear sense unless there was a "hidden meaning". The use of alliteration in the first line, "Nobody and nothing", gives the instant feel of being alone. She uses the word "blackberries" many times in the first few lines; this creates an atmosphere of 'vastness' and brings out the feeling of loneliness even more. The language isn't straightforward and easy to understand, "Ebon in the hedges, fat", you have to look into it to understand the meaning. The language that Plath uses is in a confused manner, the sentences seem to be quick and short which suggests that her life was hard. ...read more.

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The last couple of lines show the bleak end that Sylvia Plath came to (suicide), she says, "white and pewter lights", at this point when life stops being one thing and is something else. This poem doesn't use rhyme but there is a sense of rhythm in it. The use of commas creates lots of breaks in the poem and this adds to the idea of uncertainty in her life (she has to think about what's coming next). However towards the end there are fewer breaks when she understood her life better but it still came to a bleak end. The poem Mirror also conveys the depression and pain that Sylvia Plath suffered, even though it doesn't create a very strong feeling of loneliness "Blackberrying". This poem uses the extended image of reflection and it also conveys the feeling of being trapped and not having any control (similar to Blackberrying). The atmosphere that is created is loneliness like the first poem but there are points when people come, "faces and darkness separate us over and over". Sylvia Plath seems to have a low self-esteem. ...read more.

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In the second section she is older and looks into a lake for what she really is. The second part tells us that she has been looking at the lake ever since she was "a young girl" and as she grows older she learns to hate the reflection. Both poems talk about how the writer can't control her life and that she doesn't get what she wants. The first seem to show her in a large open space where she is surrounded by life but "Mirror" shows her trapped, and unable to think for herself, "I have no preconceptions". The subject matter in both poems is Sylvia Plath's viewpoint on life. She uses 'riddles' in "Mirror", "I am silver and exact", to explain her feelings. In "Blackberrying" she uses lots of images of blackberries and vast, open space to show that she is lost. "Mirror" is more calm and relaxing than "Blackberrying and I think that even though both poems are describing Sylvia Plath's view and struggles in life they have two different atmospheres. When both the poems are looked at closely it is easy to see that they are about one thing, 'Sylvia Plath's life' but are conveyed to us in two different 'perspectives'. Jasmina Perinpanayagam 10S ...read more.

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