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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
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  :    why are the candles n the moon called lire in here? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the candles and the moons are called as liars because they hide the marks or the wrinkles on the old woman's face and don't reflect the real age or real beauty of the old woman . Thursday, May 15, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is personification? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    reflects all the things Sunday, July 27, 2014
  1. Answer  :    personification means that the speaker is telling 'bout itself. Thursday, May 08, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    how does the wall flicker?can't understand. ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    the wall doesn't flicker. The reflection(in the mirror) flickers by faces and the darkness Sunday, May 04, 2014
  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 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' ? ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    she didn't call them liars. it was the mirror that did!!! Thursday, May 08, 2014
  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? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    coz u r a fool.... n wats 'atall'? Thursday, May 08, 2014
  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
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  1. 18. khalnayak


    gate pan ge gate

    1 Rating Sunday, August 24, 2014
  2. 17. bakri maan

    kyon dasa

    bakbas aa kise kam di nahi

    1 Rating Sunday, August 24, 2014
  3. 16. shaka laka boom boom

    pata ni


    1 Rating Sunday, August 24, 2014
  4. 15. vishal


    a very nice poem i would like to say . the poet has really tried to express his or her views about the women nature when she reaches to a age of 4o-45 and is not able to accept that she has grown old and now her chracter has transformed from a girl to a woman .

    2 Rating Thursday, May 15, 2014
  5. 14. Mridul


    Nice but too lengthy.

    1 Rating Thursday, August 01, 2013
  6. 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
  7. 12. sam


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

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


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

    2 Rating Saturday, May 26, 2012
  9. 10.


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

    3 Rating Monday, September 26, 2011
  10. 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