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In the first line of the poem the mirror says it is silver and exact This can be interpreted many ways Obviously it is describing what it looks like but it is saying more than that The color silver is reflective and a mirror of course reflects what it sees Exact in this case could mean square but it could also mean a lot more than that A mirror shows you exactly what it sees an image is reflected in the silver exactly as it appears The mirror does not care if what it reflects is good or bad as it says it has no preconceptions Its job is to show you what you are Mirrors are just a reflection of what we are on the outside not what we are on the inside The second line in the first stanza states that the mirror swallows whatever it sees Does this mean the mirror commits the images to memory perhaps for later reference If that were so then the poem would be contradictory because this shows some preconception Perhaps the mirror means that it takes the person who is standing in front of it and swallows what is inside to leave nothing but what is on the outside for that person to see This would be a true reflection because the person cannot see what is on the inside of them through a mirror The next line in the first stanza is a continuation of the previous line This line shows a complete lack of caring The mirror does not care about what it swallows Its only concern is to show the person what he looks like It feels neither love nor dislike for the person it reflects It is doing its job and its job is to be truthful Now we come to the fifth line of the first stanza The mirror calls itself the eye of a little god in reference
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