Allegory : by there being a deeper meaning behind her words rather than her literal meaning. I see her back, and reflect it faithfully. However, after returning home from New York, she found out that she had. There are uncertain faces coming between it, and the wall of pink. But can a person truly find out who they are by merely peering into a lake? Sylvia Plath Poem Comparison Essay Saying Sylvia Plath was a troubled woman would be an understatement. In the first stanza the mirror tells us about itself and describes its experiences: what it has seen and what it does most of the time.
It is direct, objective and open. At worst, they are eaten. Don't forget, this type of water can swallow any image it comes across. Both characters have a cynical tendency to constantly reveal their inner most opinions about the society around them, discussing their feelings about personalities and appearances. War will not be without death or defeat. Instead of just repeating this word again and again, she uses personification and metaphor to get her point across. She mourns the loss of her youth and beauty every time she sees her reflection in the lake.
There are numerous stylistic devices used in this poetry, and an important one is symbolism. She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands. The veterans of war that are described in the poem are father and son. Spare me from cooking three meals a day—spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. And these two factors piercingly expose the male dominated society to which she belonged. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
There will always be sorrow in war, whether the party succeeds or loses. The deity has control of the human, which is how traditional stories often pan out. Whereas the first stanza concentrates on the exact truthfulness of the mirror and its ability to reflect precisely, the second stanza sees a transition: the mirror becomes a liquid, it gains depth and a different dimension. It is thus highly idealised in the poem. The first wave began in 1848 when the first women's rights convention was held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York.
Whereas, the second concentrates on the life of a woman where the mirror assumes the role of a lake. Therefore, she tries to do things in life that would make her feel young and lively again even though she is quite old. They always knew it was you. Whether you win or you lose in war, both sides encounter loss. The mirror is not driven by likes and dislikes, but is bluntly truthful. Further, while it does not offer moral judgment, it is able to observe and understand its owner the woman as she grapples with the reality of aging. Compared to most of the others in Plath's oeuvre, this poem is not particularly difficult to analyze.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness. Suicide, though, is presented as a desirable alternative in many of these works. It keeps looking at the opposite wall which is pink and has spots on it. By using a mirror as the speaker of the poem, she explores the life of a woman as she grows old from an outward perspective. They appease her with falsities, whereas the mirror shows her the truth.
Thus her action, however deplorable it might seem to others, makes her invulnerable to the threats of patriarchy in this mortal world where sex, violence, threat and subjugation are the order of the day! Both these places can make a person incredibly sociable or utterly isolated. This device allows the mirror to address the reader and any individual at a personal level. Diction The poet uses tight, short sentences and phrases to build up images that are easily identifiable but simultaneously have deep meanings. Her husband also victimized her through the power he exerted as a man, both by assuming he should have the literary career and through his infidelity. Candlelight can't help her cause because it's a deceptively romantic way of looking at things, and the moon, likewise, governs only madness and the haunting of the blood.
And it despises anyone that comes between it and the wall, thereby disturbing its meditation in isolation. The literary device of personification is utilized by the poet when she assigns human qualities to the mirror. Plath 10-11 The mirror symbolizes how she sees herself. If l was a mirror this is what l would see. It was first published in The Observer in May 1961; later it was included in her famous poetry collection Ariel. And at the start of the second stanza Now I am a lake the poet uses metaphor again, as the mirror becomes deep, reflective water.