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Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"

Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" is expressed:
"Who is the speaker? What is the central purpose of the poem, and by what means is it achieved?"


I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
I am not cruel, only truthful -
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me.
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

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Sylvia Plath's "Mirror"

This is very interesting poem. We are presented with a poem where a mirror speaks to us. What is the essence of a mirror? Does it lie? Does it have emotions? Does it filter reality? Does it try to be politically correct? Or does it just reflect the truth regardless of how its user might feel? See the point? The mirror is the unbiased reporter in our lives. It reveals the truth of who we are, even though we may not always like what we see. ...

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Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" is explicated.