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Mirror - Important Questions



1.         How does the mirror usually pass its time?
2.         What disturbs the mirror's contemplation of the opposite wall?
3.        Why does the mirror appear to be a lake in the second stanza? What aspect of the mirror do you think is being referred to here?
4.          What is the woman searching for in the depths of the lake?
5.         How does the narrator convey the fact that the woman looking at her reflection in the lake is deeply distressed?
6.         What makes the woman start crying?
7.       What do you think the 'terrible fish' in the last line symbolizes? What is the poetic device used here?
8.         The mirror says, “I am not cruel, only truthful” Elaborate.
9.         How does the ‘mirror’ swallow? What is the poetic device used here?
10.     The expression – ‘I have no preconcepts’ has a deeper meaning in context to human beings. Explain.
11.      What is the other name the mirror calls itself by? Why do you’ think this comparison has been made?
12.       How is the mirror typically different from most of the human beings?
13.       Why do you think the poet refers to the fish in the last line?
14.      It is not the mirror but the woman herself who is responsible for the pain that she experiences, comment.
15.       What is personification? Quote some examples of personification from the poem – ‘Mirror’.
16.       In me she has drowned a young girl.” Explain.
17.       What is the significance of the expression ‘unmisted’ in the first stage of the poem?OrWhy has the mirror been described as ‘unmisted’? What is the image it is trying to convey about the nature of the mirror?
18.       How does the mirror perform its functions dispassionately?
19.       Give the characteristics of the mirror as conceived by Slyvia Plath in her poem “Mirror”.
20.       Why does the poetess refer to the woman as a “terrible fish” in the poem ‘Mirror’?
21.       What kind of relationship does the woman share with the mirror?
22.       The woman in the poem searches for something in the depth of the mirror. What is it?
23.       Why has been the mirror called ‘a fourcornered God’ – What are its qualities?
24.       Who calls the mirror cruel and why?

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