Literary Analysis Of Sylvia Plath's 'Mirror'

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Poetry lives in spaces where ordinary language cannot do the work, it finds a way to survive through intros in rap songs, commercials or ads, and monologues in movies. Poetry depicts the emotions nobody dares to talk about in public and shows how much a situations can impact you. These events create emotions into art. Sylvia Plath’s story and motive to write poems begins around the same time her father passes, an event that will impact her poetry deeply. A little after Plath’s eighth birthday her father dies from a case of diabetes that he ignores to treat. Plath published one of her first poems at the early age of eight in the children’s section of the Boston Herald. Later, in 1950, she is accepted by Smith College, where she meets an…show more content…
She teaches at Smith and writes. Hughes and Plath eventually go back to England where Plath suffers from a miscarriage and goes on to give birth to two other children. Her and Hughes marriage didn’t go too well, her husband having mistresses. In 1963, Plath wrote “Daddy” while they were in the process of divorcing. In "Daddy" Sylvia Plath uses metaphors and imagery to portray herself as a victim who feels resentment and sadomanchism. In the first stanza Plath begins by saying, "You do not do, you do not do/ Anymore black shoe/ In which I have lived like a foot/ For thirty years, poor and white,/ Barely daring to breathe or Achoo"("Daddy"). In the poem the word achoo represents the German word "Achtung", it suggests that Plath is using the word to illustrate Nazi atrocities which will help to introduce the metaphor for her situation. A critic, Mary Lynn Broe, from Poetry for Students writes " the real victim is the poet-performer who, despite her straining toward identification with the public events of holocaust and destruction of World War II, becomes more murderously persecuting than the “panzer-man” who smothered her, and who abandoned her with a paradoxical love, guilt, and fear"(Broe 80). In other words Broe is saying that she is using imagery to show that Plath is the victim while she paints her father as this model and power over her and her emotions. As the poem goes on we get to stanza two where she begins by saying, "Daddy I
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