Sunday, 9 March 2014


4. a. What is the poetic device used when the mirror says 'I swallow'?

Answer- Sylvia path made extensive use of ornamental devices to elevate the delicate psychological aspects of humans through the apparently trifling mirror. “I swallow” is justifying this brag which takes us to the beautiful usage personification. Here the mirror is attributed with the quality of human.

4. b. How does the mirror usually pass its time?

Answer- As adduced by the poet, the mirror is the eye of God and a stationed one. Devoid of any hustle and bustle the mirror is found to be meditating on the opposite wall most of the time. Spontaneous meditation is found to have interruption when there is advent of the moth hour.

4. c. What disturbs the mirror's contemplation of the opposite wall?

Answer- A mirror is found to have hindrances in contemplation as the best creature of the mortal life affected by desire and beauty comes to evaluate and to satisfy in front of it. Our banal habit of assessing our youth and beauty makes the mirror disturbed.

4. d. Why does the mirror appear to be a lake in the second stanza? What aspect of the mirror do you think is being referred to here?

Answer- The very exposition of stern practical condition of the woman by the personified mirror is delineated as a lake only to bring a parallel akin state between the two. Mirror is an embodiment of the depth of time, whereas the lake is with its depressing of user.

            Here, the mirror is the witness of passing time. The mirror presents the memory of the woman who confronts decaying youth and beauty.
4. e. What is the woman searching for in the depths of the lake?

Answer-Sylvia Plath brings a turn in the poem by bringing the reference of the lake .She juxtaposes the lake with the mirror. She refers here of a woman who bends over the lake .The lake here symbolizes the depth of time. The woman bends over the lake meticulously to evaluate what she is. She has become old and has lost her youth and beauty .She vehemently tries to search her lost youth beauty.

4. f. How does the narrator convey the fact that the woman looking at her reflection in the lake is deeply distressed?

Answer- The woman searching her lost youth in the lake like mirror is entirely in a state of morose. She discovered the fact that she is no more beautiful and young .She tries for the imposters and liars like the moon and candles. Having got knave like treatment she turned back towards the mirror again and when she is put in front of stern practical fact of her old age and lost youth, she started to shed tears and tried a denial of the truth with the agitation of hands.

4. g. What makes the woman start crying?  

Answer- The very exposition of stern practical condition of the woman as unfolded by the mirror was a true fact but tough to bear. The woman is the victim of time. She has stepped into her superannuation and naturally is subject to decay decline and death. The image of lost beauty and young age forced her to make her oculus wet.

4. h. What do you think the 'terrible fish' in the last line symbolizes? What is the poetic device used here?

Answer- The poet ant concluding part of the poem unfolds the very truth of human life. The women due to the realization of inevitability of her this human physique beauty and charm is symbolized as terrible fish. The poetic device indicting the implication of internal sensibility of the women is simile her. Here the superannuated woman is impliedly compared with the terrible fish.

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