Unformatted text preview: Reaches toward her day after day, like a fish. 1. The speaker is the mirror, as it faithfully reflects a woman. The central purpose of the poem is to describe a sort of narcissism. The woman in the poem falls in love with her weaknesses. Like Narcissus, she drowns her youth and age to come, but she is left with negativity where Narcissus was left with beauty. 2. The mirror is like a person in that it can swallow, think, meditate, look and see. The mirror also has a heart, like a person does. It is unlike a person in the fact that is does not judge or have a defined sense of self beyond it’s shape (“Whatever I see I swallow immediately”). The mirror is like a lake because it can be bent over and people can be drowned (metaphorically) in it. 3. The woman who comes to the mirror has watched herself change from young to old within it. She lost her youth and is now aware of old age slowly creeping up on her....
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- Fall '06
- Light, Narcissus, Sylvia Plath Explained, truthfulA small reflection