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One of the most interesting poems written by Sylvia Plath is Mirror, which is about a mirror that reflects off an image.

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English Commentary -Mirror One of the most interesting poems written by Sylvia Plath is Mirror, which is about a mirror that reflects off an image. What makes this poem so interesting is that the speaker of the poem is the mirror itself, when mostly her other poems have her, or any other person, doing the communication. The first stanza of the poem basically introduces the speaker, which clearly declares it being a mirror. The poem takes an interesting turn in the second stanza where the mirror speaks of a woman, who is presumable Sylvia Plath herself. This seemed a very fascinating approach because Plath was writing a poem with herself, but she is only a character and nothing more. What she did by using this technique was that she could talk of how she felt with some other object speaking, hence why this poem does not sound as much vicious or sarcastic than her other poems. ...read more.

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Both mirror and lake reflects back the image shown, but quite differently. First of all, lake is something big. A mirror calling itself a lake indicates how much more and deep the mirror now understands about the world of Sylvia Plath. The lake also has waves and currents, which distort the reflection. This transformation indicates how the mirror has now started to have some thought of its own. The mirror is not anymore the innocent mirror back then when it was only truthful. Sylvia Plath searches for herself in this new mirror but she cannot anymore, because the mirror has changed and the image on the mirror has changed. Hence she goes to look for it from the liars. Another attractive metaphor used here was how Plath said that the liars were the candles or the moon (Line 12). Candles always flicker and never stay the same, and often turn off. The moon also always changes its shape, filling for fifteen days and shrinking for the next fifteen days. ...read more.

Conclusion

This simile should symbolize death and thus illustrate how death is creeping upon Plath everyday. By writing this poem, Sylvia Plath expresses her cynical disgust towards the people who act pleasant on the outside, although they are feeling the opposite in the inside. In a good way, it can be understood that the people are more emotional and know when to not hurt other people's feelings, but Plath believes that one should never hide what they are feeling. The mirror in the poem is very important to Plath because the mirror has one quality that many people seem to lack, to be truthful. Unlike how people can be where they always sugarcoats things and flatters others to make themselves seem more pleasant, the mirror can only reflect the real truth, and that is what Plath really appreciates. What Plath tried to do by writing this poem was to ridicule the people who feel too ashamed to express what they really feel inside, and show that she will continue to be the mirror, being "not cruel, only truthful". ...read more.

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