Mirror by Sylvia Plath

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“Mirror” by Slvia Plath is, in my opinion, a complex poem. The beginning of the poem, the person starts off as a youthful little girl, which the pink speckles on the opposite wall represents. At the end of the poem she is an old woman, a stench of a terrible fish in which she is trying to get away from. In the first stanza, it describes a person speaking as a mirror. “I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. / Whatever I see I swallow immediately / Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike,” states that it takes in then reflects exactly and truthfully what is in front of it without any bias assumptions beforehand. “I’m not cruel, only truthful -” is saying that the mirror’s intentions are not be hurtful but to show an accurate image. This poem expresses the pain and sorrow of a battle that someone is fighting against themselves. Someone who is tore between her aging self and her youth. The woman knows that she is no longer a child but she’s having a hard time letting that part of her go because she feels that her youth is the only good thing about her. “Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon,” indicates that the woman turns to those who only throw lies at her, the lies that she wants to hear. Candles and the moon don’t swallow the image of what stands before them yet they reflect off a brightness, a lying goodness. In the last stanza, it says, “I see her back, and it reflect it faithfully. / She rewarded me with tears and an agitation of hands. / I am important to her. She comes and goes,” to me, this is saying she cannot bear the truth so she turns her back on the mirror. Her hands tremble as she cries. The mirror is important to her because it is a reminder, a shake back to reality even though it drives her insane to know what she really is. The woman isn’t always faithful to the mirror though, as she turns back and forth to
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