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The Poem Mirror starts off in the third person by a mirror whichdescribes itself as exact and without Preconceptions The mirroralso thinks of itself as unbiased and honest unlisted like the eyeof a little god it sees everything for what it is In the secondstanza a woman passes a lake and looks into it trying to find who sheis as a person The mirror is about truth and accepting the truth Itdoes not matter if it is good or bad it is the truth and should alwaysbe accepted Sylvia Plath shows this by personifying a mirror and alake She uses imagery personification symbolism and hyperboleconnotation and denotation to show the meaning of the poemThe candles and the moon are an example of a metaphor connotationand denotation A candles literary meaning is a long usually slenderpiece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to givelightdictionarycom The underlying meaning of this is a vision thatis romanticized all impurities are not seen In this poem the visionthat she sees in the darkness of the moon is what she wants to see Inthe light she sees impurities and that she is not young anymore Thelight of the moon and candlelight are soft and warm The view that shesees is unrealistic and isnt the truth A woman bends over mesearching my reaches for what she really is Then she turns to thoseliars the candles or the moon10-12 this is also a metaphor for thepeople who told her she was beautiful and young She believed thesepeople so when she saw herself in the reflections of the lake she wasastonished and really upset The mirror in the poem is personified and given human qualities Thepoem is int he first person In the first stanza the narrator is amirror and in the second it is a lake It says in the second stanza Iam not cruel only truthful 4 The mirror is truthful and will onlyreflect what
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