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The Mirror: Dramatic Poetry
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Sylvia Plath

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---
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.
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.
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.

1. Identify how this poem meets the criteria of a dramatic poem. State who the speaker is. Refer to the notes you receive in class.

There is a speaker telling directly what is happening and it creates the illusion that the reader is actually witnessing the dramatic event.

2. Identify 5 images in the poem: State whether they are visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, or tactile. Comment on how the images reinforce the mood of the poem

1.I am silver and exact.=visual

2.four-cornered= visual

3. Faces and darkness separate us over and over.= visual

4.Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.=visual

5.It is pink, with speckles= visual

3. What is the allusion in "Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me."?

That the woman looks into the reflection to see her image, as if it were a lake, because the truth is in the reflection.

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