Analysis of Sylvia Plath's Mirror

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Analysis of Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror”
Sylvia Plath is known as the poet of confession. Her life is strongly connected to her works. She uses poetry as a way to confess her feelings, to express and release her pain in life. “Mirror” is one of her most famous poems. Sylvia Plath wrote the poem in 1961, just two years before her actual suicide. After suffering a miscarriage, she realized that she was pregnant again. She and her husband moved to a small town and their marriage began going worse. The poem is not simply about a mirror. This is a poem about self-realization, despair but also truth. We can see the poem as a reflection of Plath’s difficult life, but it’s also the women’s reflections in general. By using a mirror as a narrator and
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These are the images symbolize for the depression of relationships coming and going, the despair of loneliness.
Jump in the second part of the poem, we can find there is a change. The narrator now becomes a lake. The lake and the mirror are two different things, but they still show the same reflections. And now, a woman appears: “…A woman bends over me./ Searching my reaches for what she really is.” (10-11). This is the author herself. She is looking at her reflection. Once again, the author is thinking about her life. She’s looking deeper and deeper into the water. She’s searching for “what is she really is”, for her life’ purpose, for the true meaning of her life. She feels that she wasted her life, she feels lost and empty. And from that, the poem becomes more critical: “Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon” (12). Candles and the moon often symbolize for romance. But here, Sylvia Plath only sees them as “liars”. They reflect nothing but soft light that creates shadow. We often can’t see what really is there. These images stand for the lies. They could hide the signs of her aging, but they just delude her. Also, through “the candles” and “the moon”, she wants to express her consciousness of her marriage. She feels betrayed. She wasted her youth for a love that went nowhere. The author then turns back to the lake and “rewards” it with “tears” and “agitation of hands” (14). She becomes more and more depressed. She hates the lies and the
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