Mirror by Sylvia Plath
The poem that I chose to write about is “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath. This poem is very engaging. Although poetry is beautiful in many ways it can be dark and saddening at times. In this poem there is one speaker although the speaker takes on different forms. In the beginning of the poem the speaker is a women looking into a mirror. “I am silver and exact” this first sentence represents the completeness of the speaker. It’s almost as the reflection starts out perfect. “I have no preconceptions” signify just what it is saying, she doesn’t form an opinion before
"What I see I swallow immediately" this line is telling the reader that what she is seeing she is taking it in and a full analysis of the person being seen. The lake can give a distorted reflection or a clear unmisted reflection when you look into it. The "terrible fish" is her older depressed self. The speaker is looking into the lake searching for the youthful face she once saw in the mirror. "But it flickers" here she is saying that the mirror flickers maybe because her transition in age is foreseen, or the coming and going of the people in her life. Some lakes may be too murky to show a clear reflection. It is almost like she was expecting to find something else but she found a "terrible Fish. This person is always there and watching over her in the four corners of the room. This also could be the struggle against herself. What lies before it is a young woman, full of youth and full of inquiry. The second paragraph opens up by using a metaphor to compare a lake to a mirror. "The eye of the little god, four cornered" this line could signify the presence of a man or some one who has control over her.