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Mirror: TPCASTT

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Hannah Krutow

on 23 April 2014

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Transcript of Mirror: TPCASTT

Title (T)
Metaphor
"I am silver and exact" and "Now I am a lake"
Simile
"Rises towards her day after day, like a terrible fish"
Assonance
"It is her face that replaces"
Oxymoron
"I am not cruel, only truthful"
Personification
"I see her back, and I reflect it faithfully"
The attitudes we found when reading and reflecting on this poem were:
truthful/honest - the mirror shows the true image before it, and the woman in the poem reacts honestly to the image
reflective - the speaker (mirror) is reflecting throughout the poem on the images it takes in and the reactions it sees.
sadness - the "tears and agitation of hands" (line14) show the sadness the mirror brings out in the woman
Theme (T)
Connotation (C)
Image by Tom Mooring
Attitude (A)
Mirror: By Sylvia Plath
Shifts (S)
There is one big shift in the poem from the first to the second stanza. In the first stanza the mirror is simply describing itself. Then, in the second stanza the tone turns darker as the mirror describes the woman looking in the lake and wasting away her youth.
Title (T)
After looking at the title again, there is a deeper meaning that has been uncovered. The title, “Mirror” is saying that mirrors interpret, and it is up to us how we interpret their image. The poem talks about how many struggle with how they look at their own reflection in the mirror, and how, in most cases, it is an inaccurate portrayal.
Paraphrase (P)
In the first stanza of the poem, the the narrator, which is the mirror, describes itself as truthful and indifferent . It simply reflects what it sees without any alterations. The mirror describes itself as a god which sees everything exactly as it is. The mirror is hanging in a room usually facing the opposite wall except when it is interrupted by people who come to look at their reflection.

In the second stanza the mirror is now a lake. A woman looks into it and tries to see who she really is. She is not happy with her reflection and sometimes she looks at herself in candlelight or moonlight because they do not give an accurate reflection. She looks in the mirror every morning and realizes she is now an old woman who has wasted away her youth looking in the mirror and destroying her image.
The theme of this poem is that mirrors reveal the truth that not everyone can see. The poem talks about how a mirror reflects the true image it receives, even though it may not be the image that people want to see. It reveals truth and honesty, and the image cannot be compromised. Mirrors show an image, and it is up to the world to interpret that image. It is up to you whether you see the product in a negative or positive way. Many people choose to see themselves in a negative way; the mirror revealing every flaws and insecurities. It is up to you to control how the image the mirror presents affect you, because the mirror is only honest, and can be interpreted in many ways.
By: Jordan, Grace, Megan and Hannah
Based on the title alone, the poem "Mirrors" may reflect an idea of insecurity. We expected to find images within the mirror of the insecurity of something.
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