After the birth of their son in 1962 their marriage became increasingly fraught with Plath's mental instability and Hughes' infidelity both likely contributing factors. Often, her work is singled out for the intense coupling of its violent or disturbed imagery and its playful use of alliteration and rhyme. But the playfulness of violence makes the poem unique. Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness. The speaker can see a new, intense, burning light at the end of her tunnel and she is heading straight for it. As Plath then continues the poem, she changes the mirror to a lake. She won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950 and even then she had an enviable list of publications.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. He is too large for her to even fathom or understand. We just like doing this. 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. And the dominance of her father over her mind. 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.
At the end of the poem Plath shifts the depiction of her father from a living Nazi to a dead vampire. It becomes almost an obsessive relationship between the mirror and the women because she looks to the mirror for comfort only to confronted with the truth about your youth wasting away. Without this information, understanding this poem is almost impossible. Ask students what they think of comparing the sun to a watermelon? Lesson Summary Sylvia Plath's ''Mirror'' looks at the way a woman perceives herself based on what she sees in the mirror. The second example is a comparison between the reflection of a woman and a fish. I am important to her.
Lines 22-24 The poem is beginning to conclude as the reader comes to understand that this ride on Ariel is more than just an accidental brush with disaster, it is a wake up call, an opportunity that the speaker takes to change her way of life. Why does the author use this comparison? This poem also shows a very generalized depiction of how women see men who have treated them not so greatly. Plath's tone is one of awe and wonder at her father's vastness, but also at his danger. After all, in this poem a mirror is able to talk, so why wouldn't it be able to turn into something else? She continues by explaining her life since her father and how it has related to him. Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
The sour breath Will vanish You do not do, you do not do Any more, black shoe In which I have lived like a foot For thirty years, poor and white, Barely daring to breathe or Achoo. In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish. There are themes of power and manipulation in this poem. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. What the mirror observes is how the woman ''rewards it with tears and an agitation of hands.
So getting back to the poem. She also searches for her true identity and tries to find out what she really is. The lake here again praises itself, by calling it faithful. The mirror imagines itself as a lake. The reader is also waiting at the beginning of the poem for something to happen. The speaker considers herself exiled from his kingdom as she walks on its borders. The lack of answers makes her swing to and fro between her unfulfilled emotions.
Plath may doesn't drop a regular on us with this poem, but she goes nuts with poetic devices of , , and. In the poem, although the woman bends over the lake in the manner of Narcissus, the woman does not fall in love with her own image as he did; rather, she is filled with self-loathing at what she sees. It references Shakespeare's , particularly a song sung by , the sprite controlled by magician Prospero. Analysis of Ariel Lines 1-3 In the first tercet of the poem the reader is given a very brief description of the situation in which the speaker has found herself. Personification as Metaphor Even though the poem contains multiple metaphors, the metaphor involving the mirror dominates throughout. Her father has left her in ruins, unable to maintain a healthy mind or a stable life. It has no particular meter, pace or rhyming scheme.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands. Plath would then move to Cambridge, England and marry fellow poet, Ted Hughes. The young girl, looking at her reflections, has now turned into an old woman. The couple separated and Plath took the children to live with her in London. Exceptionally well use of rhythm is used in order to increase the effectiveness of the poem.
The change through which the speaker is going is described in the next stanza. Otto taught both German and biology, with a focus on apiology, the study of bees. Sylvia Plath herself was complicated, and she struggled with her own personal hardships up until the day she took her own life. Unmisted by love or dislike tells us that nothing affects the truth of the mirror. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. Plath incorporates a very dark and meaningful storyboard to describe her feelings towards her father.