About The Poet
Sylvia Plath was born on October 27,
1932. She was an American poet ,novelist
and short story writer.
• She studied at Smith
College and Newham
•She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in
1956. Plath suffered from depression.
Ultimately in 1963 she committed
•She is revered as one of the greatest
poets of all time. The Mirror is one of her
The poem deals with our sense of
anxiety when we start showing signs of
ageing. Everyone wishes to stay
youthful and beautiful all one’s life.
However this, being against the law of
nature, can never be possible. Hence we
need to develop an inner strength to face
all stages of life gracefully.
I am silver and exact . I have no
Whatever I see I Swallow
Just as it is , unmisted by love or
I am not cruel , only truthful
The eye of a little god , four cornered.
Most of the times meditate on the
It is pink with speckles. I have looked
at it so long
I think it is part of my heart . But it
Faces and darkness separate us over
The mirror says that it is above any kind of
personnel feeling . It is like a god who sees the
truth and views everything from all corners of
world . It is something mystic and divine above
the ordinary and the worldly so like god mirror
looks everything with equal eye . Most of the
time , it keeps thinking about the opposite wall
which is pink in colour.
The mirror says that it is above any kind of personal feeling . It is
like a god who sees the truth and views everything from all corners
of the world . It is something mystical and divine, above the
ordinary and the worldly. So, like god , the mirror looks everything
with equal eye . Most of the time , it keeps thinking about the
opposite wall which is pink in colour. It has grown passionate about
the wall and the wall has became a part of his heart. But the wall
flickers and its image is distorted by darkness & the faces of the
Stanza 4 :
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the
In me she has drowned a young girl and in
me an old woman
Rises towards her day after day like a terrible
Significance of the
The mirror deals with the varied qualities –
Exactness, truthfulness and its relationship
with human beings ( here old women ) for
years. The whole poem revolves around the
mirror. Hence the title of the poem is
The poem conveys the message
that rather than living in the
world of illusions, we need to
change our attitude and learn
to face and accept reality
without indulging in self-pity.