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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath Review

Summary of “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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In this poem the mirror is personified. The mirror is silver and exact with no preconception; an opinion or conception formed in advance of adequate knowledge or experience, especially a prejudice or bias. It swallows immediately whatever it sees. Just as everyone sees it, it is unmisted; something that does not dims, obscures, or blurs: a haze before the eyes that does not dim the vision; by love and dislike. It is never cruel but only truthful. It is like the eye of a little god which is placed in a four-cornered dimension.  Most of the time the mirror meditates on the opposite wall which is pink and filled with speckles; a small speck, spot, or mark, as on skin: speckled coloring or marking: to mark with or as with speckles. It has starred endlessly at the pink wall day in and day out that now the wall has become part of the mirror’s heart.  However the wall flickers: to burn unsteadily; shine with a wavering light: to move to and fro; vibrate; quiver: to flutter: to cause to flicker: an unsteady flame or light: a flickering movement: a brief occurrence or appearance: Often, flickers: the visual sensation of flickering that occurs when the interval between intermittent flashes of light is too long to permit fusion; and the faces of people and darkness separate them over and over again.
            At present the mirror is a lake. A woman bends over it searching for the reaches of the deep waters to discover who she really is. Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon. The mirror sees her back and reflects her true identity very faithfully. In return the woman rewards her with tears and an agitation; the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public: Also called psychomotor agitation. Psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as a symptom of severe depression, schizophrenia, or other mental disorder;  of hands. The mirror is important to her. It is the woman’s face that replaces the darkness. In the mirror, the woman has drowned her image as a young girl and in the mirror the old woman rises towards her day after day like a terrible fish.
Published: July 19, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    how does the wall flicker?can't understand. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    can u make it short pls View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Who is the terrible fish in the poem? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the terrible fish is being compared to the women looking at the mirror.as she wants her youthful past back where she was a young girl and dint have any wrinkles or the scratches in her face.she is being compared to terrible fish because a fish out of water is restless and struggles because its life is in water and it wants to go to water but it cant.the same is happening to the women when she looks at herself at mirror she is old and she wants to go back to her youthful past butshe cant and fail Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    who is bending over to what why? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    no the women is old and due to her blunt spine she is bending over to see the mirror. Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  1. Answer  :    a women is bending over to lake Monday, September 30, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    Why does she turn to moon & candles in spite of calling them 'liars' ? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the poet here says that the candles and the moon are liars because when there is moonlight and candlelight they hide the wrinkles or the defects in the face and make someone look more beautiful than they really are.they hide the reality and hence r known as liars. but the mirror says that it is not like them it does not hide the reality but show it truthfully even if the women is not beautiful Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    why it is like a god? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    bcoz as God is not partial with any one the same is with the mirror it is not partial with any one. It reflects back the true image. :) Sunday, September 22, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    compare the two poems given below how is poems different from each other?explain with summary tone and the language used View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    so poor poem................ not atall interesting.why? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    it seems that u have not understood the poem properly but if u understand it in the right way u will enjoy the poem. Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  1. Answer  :    The point of view of everyone differs its just that u dint like the poem coz u dint like it there is no why in that... Wednesday, July 17, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is mirror reflecting? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The mirror reflects the truth , unbiased and just ..with no lies nor flattery . Monday, March 10, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    i am important to her?? View All
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  1. 14. Mridul

    English

    Nice but too lengthy.

    0 Rating Thursday, August 01, 2013
  2. 13. rini

    needs loads of explanation

    "only the word "I" has been changed into "It" and the entire summary is the poem itself.summary doesn't mean only to short it down but to make it more comprehensible to the readers.

    1 Rating Monday, August 06, 2012
  3. 12. sam

    nice

    it is a good poem but it has been write very short.this poem needs a fully explanation.

    1 Rating Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  4. 11. pooja

    good

    in this I learn and get some more information which is good for my studies

    1 Rating Saturday, May 26, 2012
  5. 10.

    comment

    when you r not clear of the thing do not tri 2 confuse others.

    2 Rating Monday, September 26, 2011
  6. 9.

    meaning of the following:

    wat do u mean by: 1.terrible fish 2.wall flickers? 3.four cornered eye of little god? 4.i knew it ws a lake but i thought it means the depth of the woman's past....

    0 Rating Monday, August 15, 2011
  7. 8. Alina

    English

    Very nice poem and also nicely explained....!!!!

    3 Rating Saturday, August 06, 2011
  8. 7. soni kaur

    !

    explained vry nicely......

    3 Rating Sunday, July 24, 2011
  9. 6. Asmita

    english

    It is very good poem. This poem is not an imagination but a reality. This poem is good for woman.

    2 Rating Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  10. 5. saki

    eng

    it has really nice words to write in answer sheet

    3 Rating Sunday, June 26, 2011
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