Sylvia felt she was never quite good enough, up to her own standards; when she felt she was unsuccessful in school and wasn't accepted to her school of choice, she tried to commit suicide. I still hold a significant place and she keeps coming back to me again and again. One common theme is the void left by her father's death. In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish. That youth has now disappeared forever. It is being compared to a terrible fish because even though it is horrid, it is still approaching and is the truth. Plath uses a mirror and then a lake as a metaphor for the truth.
Liukkonen, 2000 She got her intitial education from Phillips Junior High School, where she maintained very good grades. 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. The eye of a little god, four-cornered. It gives a reflection of an object as is it really is, i. Do they observe nature or are they just wrapped up in their own thoughts? A woman looks into it, trying to discern who she really is by gazing at her reflection.
Plath had severe dejection and had exceedingly little consideration for herself. This reveals her to be a woman of weak and vain character whose life becomes miserable because she cannot accept the reality. She often feared that their relationship was poor, and later it turned out that he was being unfaithful. In this extract, the woman once again examines herself in front of the mirror for reassurance. Despite being disappointed at the sight of her ageing reflection, she cannot give up. Through various literary devices, poets are able to paint pictures for their readers that more concretely define the feelings and beliefs that remain, for most of the world, almost impossible to define to any satisfactory degree. First, diction or word choice used throughout this poem depicts apart the meaning and stresses the tone.
Giving an autobiographical account of itself, the mirror has highlighted its qualities in the poem Mirror. Only the mirror existing here as lake gives her a faithful representation of herself. Personification: -The use of personification magnifies the idea that our preconception of beauty originated from our thoughts and surroundings. This can be due to the fact that Plath felt it was her fault her father died Freedman 159. Then ask volunteers to analyze aloud the imagery they used and ask the class for commentary. Through the above lines, the woman is searching for her lost youth and beauty. Thus, the comparison is an apt one.
As the woman repeatedly views herself in the lake, she notices that her youthfulness is fading and is being replaced with maturity. Faces and darkness separate us over and over. She's seen now as more of a feminist and idealist, the leader of the Confessional poetry movement. There are numerous stylistic devices used in this poetry, and an important one is symbolism. A woman bends over me. Nature is also manifested in the bright red tulips which jolt the listless Plath from her post-operation stupor, insisting that she return to the world of the living. The veterans of war that are described in the poem are father and son.
The mirror is personified - that is, it is endowed with human traits. How is the reader to interpret those singeing, singing words. One of the reasons for this classification is that she wrote extensively of her own life, her own thoughts, her own worries. The purpose of the mirror is to reflect what we see ourselves as and it remains unchanged. I am important to her. Her poetry often sounds very simple on the surface but contains a wealth of material buried in the imagery and constructions of her poems. As witnessed in the sonnet, the candles and the moon are viewed as liars; however, they are distinguished as her favorite symbols.
Like God it watches us fairly without any bias from all the four angles. The confessional poem begins with a series of metaphors about Plath's father which progress from godlike to demonic. Tears well up in her eyes and she is left wringing her hands. Knowing fully well that moon and candles would not reflect her with all truthfulness, she turns to them to get though false a mental satisfaction that age was not catching up with her. The poems suggest it would release her from the difficulties of life, and bring her transcendence wherein her mind could free itself from its corporeal cage. It is her companion and confident. Poetry Explication The poem What My Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St.
She has watched her youthfulness age away to reveal an old lady. The lake refers to the candles and moon as liars because they do not offer enough light to provide a true mirror image. In later life, teenage years and onward, she found inspiration in darker and heavier topics, like war, p … ersonal conflicts, depressive and angry or elated emotion, men and relationships, etc. The use past tense runs throughout the poem. 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. I have l … ooked at it so long I think it is a part of my heart. Whatever it sees, it swallows.
Now her old and wrinkled face emerges. She is best known for her poetry. A sensitive person who tended to be a bit of a perfectionist she was what many would consider a model daughter and student - popular, a straight A student, always winning the best prizes. If l was a mirror this is what l would see. She also tried to engage with the idea of self in terms of the mind and body dialectic. After Plath's 1963 suicide, many critics examined the writer's different facets, contrasting her put-together, polite, and decorous outer self with her raging, explosively-creative inner self. 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 physical cut has resulted in an emotional severing, which is a relief to the depressed woman. Mirror is also referredto like a lake With the beginning of the second stanza, the poem takes on a muchdarker tone. As the persona ages over the years, the mirror maliciously reflects the alterations in her appearance. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. This sonnet shows how the woman is worried about how old she has become as she looks into the mirror. Victimization Plath felt like a victim to the men in her life, including her father, her husband, and the great male-dominated literary world. I see her back, and reflect it faithfully She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.