Mirror by Sylvia Plath


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Mirror by Sylvia Plath

  1. 1. Sylvia Plath - Bibliography Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Plath an American poet, novelist and short story writer. While living in Winthrop, eight-year-old Plath published her first poem in the Boston Herald's children's section. In addition to writing, she showed early promise as an artist, winning an award for her paintings from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 1947. Plath attended Bradford Senior High School in Wellesley, graduating in 1950. In 1950, Plath attended Smith College and excelled academically. She edited The Smith Review and during the summer after her third year of college Plath was awarded a coveted position as guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine. Signature In January 1955, she submitted her thesis The Magic Mirror: A Study of the Double in Two of Dostoyevsky's novels. Plath married poet Ted Hughes on June 16, 1956. Beginning in October 1962, Plath experienced a great burst of creativity and wrote most of the poems on which her reputation now rests, writing at least 26 of the poems of her posthumous collection Ariel during the final months of her life. Path left earth on February 11, 1963.
  2. 2. Popular works Poetry collections • The Colossus and Other Poems, 1960 • Ariel, 1965 • Three Women: A Monologue for Three Voices, 1968 • Crossing the Water, 1971 • Winter Trees, 1971 • The Collected Poems, 1981 • Selected Poems 1985 • Plath: Poems 1998 • Sylvia Plath Reads, 2000 (Audio)
  3. 3. Children's books • The Bed Book, 1976 • The It-Doesn't-Matter-Suit, 1996 • Collected Children's Stories, 2001 • Mrs Cherry's Kitchen, 2001 Collected prose and novels • The Bell Jar, 1963 under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" • Letters Home: Correspondence 1950– 1963, 1975 • Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose, and Diary Excerpts, 1977 • The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1982 • The Magic Mirror, 1989 • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 2000
  4. 4. I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. What ever you see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful--- Mirror -Sylvia Plath 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. M.C.Qs c) This particular poem was written by: 1) Victoria Plath 2) Sylvia Plath 3) Sylvester Plath a) When the poet says that the mirror has no preconceptions it means: 1) it gives a biased view of the person 2) it reflects your image objectively 3) it is emotionally involved with the person whose image it reflects b) The mirror has been called a four cornered God because: 1) it is square shaped 2) it faithfully reflects all that it sees 2) like God it watches you unbiased and fair from all angles c) The speckles refer to: 1) a pink object 2) the opposite wall which has spots on it 3) pink spots in general
  8. 8. Who’s the Liar? Who is it? Mirror Candle Nightingale
  9. 9. Who’s a part of the mirror’s heart ? The Woman The Pink Speckled Wall Candle
  10. 10. Who turns to the liars? Mirror The Woman Frog
  11. 11. “In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a ________” The old woman rises like a _________? Candle Nightingale Terrible Fish