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The two poems "Mirror" and "warning" talk about old age, however the poets view on old age is different. Plath views old age from a bad point of view where as in "warning" the poet expresses how lively and energetic she will be when she is older and how she will do all the things she can't do know. Joseph gives a positive view of old age that is portrayed in the title. Joseph is giving a caution so that people won't be surprised when she is older and does childish things. Firstly Plath shows her dread of old age by personifying the mirror and how the mirror reflects her age and how she feels. ...read more.


They see old age as different things Joseph as old age will be better then now and Plath fears her old age. The mirror appears like a lake a woman is "searching for her reaches for what she really is" clarifies that the woman is trying to see herself as another person which is not her this shows she does not like her old age. This is also shown by when she "Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon" in order to hide her face from what it really looks like, due to the dim light produced by these objects. Also in warning Joseph is not old but explains how she would like to be when she is old And that her old age will be in her control but on the other hand Plath is all ready old. ...read more.


In "warning" Joseph is not going to lose her childlike identity but gain it. Additionally the appearance of the two poets in old age is very different because Joseph will "wear purple" and "a red hat" and be colourful and active whereas Plath will be withered and dull like a fish. Joseph looks forward to old age because she explains that she will be able to do the things she can't do now like "learn to spit" which is so shocking that it can be by itself on a line. The fact that Joseph looks forward to old age contrasts with Plath's dread of elderly age. Both poems show opposed views on old age since one of the poet dislikes old age and the other can't wait to be old. ...read more.

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