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. They are poems, as says in his preface to Ariel, that 'play Russian roulette with six cartridges in the cylinder. Searching my reaches for what she really is. She died by suicide in 1963. The mirror shows no color and has no preference. She's an icon especially to female poets because she was so succe … ssful in her own right, with a unique view on life, men, relationships and a woman's purpose.
She died at the age of 31 — after committing another. Whether this is how she perceives herself on the surface, or a manifestation of what she believes herself to be, is unclear. . In mid-1962, Hughes began to , which would be the subject of many Plath poems. And I Am the arrow, The dew that flies Suicidal, at one with the drive Into the red Eye, the cauldron of morning. After a life of battling depression, Plath took her life on February 11th, 1963 by putting her head into a gas oven after sealing off the room between her and her children.
As it boasted earlier in the poem, the mirror reveals only truth. She focused on themes that were very dark and heavy and atypical. In fact, she was sharp and independent at times, but they deeply affected her, the neg … ative relationships she had in life, especially with Ted Hughes. Faces and darkness separate us over and over. This forms for the symmetry in the structure and composition of the poem.
It is pink, with speckles. Since this is the first line, we think of the color silver throughout the poem whenever we think of the mirror. Now her old and wrinkled face emerges. Many of Plath's poems deal with the complexities of defining womanhood and existing in a female space. After that we see that a woman is searching the reaches of the water for who she really is.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over. It is thus highly idealised in the poem. I am not cruel, only truthful — The eye of a little god, four-cornered. I have looked at it so long I think it is part of my heart. Joannes question about the fish — in my interpretation, Plath is again describing the change the woman has gone through from a young person looking into the mirror and become an older person still looking into the same mirror.
While living in Winthrop, eight-year-old Plath published her first poem in the 's children's section. I have noticed in my independent study of Plath she basis most of her writings on her own life and strife. In the first stanza, the mirror is represented as a truthful object. The fact that it can be enjoyed on both levels allows it to reach out to a wide audience, which makes it a true success. This shows that the mirror is very important and thinks highly of itself, yet further continuing the personification.
A woman bends over me, Searching my reaches for what she really is. Employing an instance of self refection, the speaker shifts to a lake and describes the discrepancies between inevitable old age and zealous youth. Continue Reading, Go to Page 2! Additionally, these two lines continue on with the original themes of the poem to counteract that phrase. Well, I'm a freshman so don't take me too seriously. It seems most likely that the water is a metaphor for time, or aging.
Secondly, the use of the surprising language in the poem had a great effect. It makes reference to lighting and setting as a way by which humans fool themselves into believing that they can maintain their youth. In lines 17-18 the young girl is drowning, and the old woman is rising. Through the use of metaphor and personification in the poem, Plath creates images of water, reflections, and colors as having human characteristics to emphasize the strong theme of change throughout the poem. She felt lost, she was empty and had no satisfying love in her life. Analysis This poem is a dramatic monologue written in free verse. They had two children, and , before separating in 1962.
Although I must agree with him. It uses the titular mirror as its central symbolic device. Following for depression, Plath made her first medically documented suicide attempt on August 24, 1953 by crawling under her house and taking her mother's sleeping pills. A woman is shown looking at her reflection in the lake. It does not merely reflect what it sees, but also shapes those images for our understanding. In this extract, the poet through mirror says, however, my steady view is interrupted many times.
In so doing, they also prevent the woman from discovering her real self. She is pretending to be the mirror and what the mirror would say to her. I am not cruel, only truthful- The eye of the little god, four cornered. The image is clear and exact as it is neither distorted nor beautified by my likes and dislikes. Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life. The woman is upset that either she didn't realize that before, or that her physical beauty doesn't resemble who she is on the inside. The northern winter of 1962—1963 was one of the coldest in 100 years; the pipes froze, the children—now two years old and nine months—were often sick, and the house had no telephone.