Faces and darkness separate us over and over. This poem also uses imagery to portray a sense of isolation. The loss of her youth and beauty makes her behave like a fish trapped in the pond of time which looks terrible without any grace or elegance. The last line s conceal a simile, which gives a very vivid picture of the truth of growing old and that even though it is bitter, people long after it. There is an impending question in the poem: is it better to know the truth even when it is dissatisfying? What do we prefer to hear? I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. As lonely as widow, she reposes against the wall, gazes at the divider and muses about her life.
It shows images as they are reflected in it. Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. The poem can be said to be a comment on the struggle of ageing. For example it is an oxymoron as tears are usually regarded as a bad thing and to be rewarded is usually something good. In the beginning the changes are simple, like the acts of day turning to night, but at the end we see the life changes of a woman in particular. A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is. They appease her with falsities, whereas the mirror shows her the truth.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish. Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. This line contains both personification and hyperbole—personification, because mirror speaks like humans and hyperbole because the poet has exaggerated the mirror, which is deep like a lake. Employing an instance of self refection, the speaker shifts to a lake and describes the discrepancies between inevitable old age and zealous youth. I am important to her. The reader can picture an old woman looking into her reflection created by the water and despising it.
Just as whatever falls on the surface of the lake is drowned in it, the mirror also swallows whatever falls on its surface. Then have the students create an original poem of at least 15 lines that contains imagery, similes, and personification. The poetess suffered from clinical depression and attempted suicide several times, succeeding in 1963 at the age of 30. The mirror is given many different actions throughout the poem. Before this line, the mirror was the speaker. So in the first stanza Plath is drawing a parrell between her and the mirror and speaks for her outer self.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. Have the class pick one aspect of nature and write two stanzas of a poem using imagery and similes. In this extract, the poet through mirror says, however, my steady view is interrupted many times. It is appealing how Plath seems to be relatively candid with her word choice, and her use of honest diction over powers any of the sugar coating that cosmetic corporations employ. In lines 7-8 the mirror is silver, but now we get the image of the pink wall, that the mirror most often. In fact, she was sharp and independent at times, but they deeply affected her, the neg … ative relationships she had in life, especially with Ted Hughes.
She is anxious about signs of age, that is, speckles and wrinkles appearing on her face. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. The poem is basically about a woman looking into a mirror. I am silver and exact. Then also give a writing grade for the poem they create.
From the beginning of the poem, we see that it revolves around water. Just like a lake, a mirror only exhibits what is on the surface. This proves the unreliability of the narrative and the mirror's hypocrisy because the mirror will have emotions and thoughts leading to preconceptions. The color pink makes the wall seem feminine; this mirror is probably in a girl's bedroom or bathroom. As a result, it forces the woman to see the reality of not only her physical appearance but deeper issues that lie within her. She is used to looking at herself in the mirror. It reflects exactly what it sees without adding or subtracting.
Her most famous collection of poems was Ariel, published posthumously in 1965 by Hughes. The mirror imagines itself as a lake. GradeSaver, 4 January 2012 Web. The surface of a lake it what is seen initially. In the first stanza the mirror introduces itself. It is pink, with speckles.