It is considered one of Plath's best poems, and has been subject to a plethora of literary criticism since its publication. I never could talk to you seems to come right from the daughter's heart. She never was able to understand him, and he was always someone to fear. Now we see the interaction of the mirror with the exterior. Why does the poet use such a metaphor? The mirror is not driven by likes and dislikes, but is bluntly truthful.
In the next Stanza, Plath turns to a tone of revenge. These elements are employed by Plath in order to intensify the impact on her audience and convey all extreme emotions. These women should look to this poem for help. The mirror is presented in the first stanza as shiny silver , exact and non-judgmental. We often associate shoes with stepping and stamping and this is probably what Sylvia experienced from her father. So I never could tell where you put your foot, your root, I never could talk to you.
The poem expresses Plath's terror and pain lyrically and hauntingly. After he has passed, she wanted him back. I thought even the bones would do. She felt as though her tongue were stuck in barbed wire. As the poem progresses, the readers begin to realize that the speaker has not always hated her father.
In stanza five, Plath points out that she never spoke to her father and she does not know his background well. Comparing him to a vampire, she remembers how he drank her blood for a year, but then realizes the duration was closer to seven years. The imagery is temporarily beautiful: bean green over blue water. Doctors performed surgery, but it was too late. It stuck in a barb wire snare.
She attempted to commit suicide with the desire to join her father amongst the dead. Even though she feared her father and wanted him to die, she loved him. She feels that her death, to the people around her, would be nothing more than watching a beautiful piece of jewelry burn. Summary and Explanation of the Poem Mirror: The poem is divided into two stanzas with the first one establishing the nature of the mirror as truthful, honest and impartial. She realizes what she has to do, but it requires a sort of hysteria. The woman looks at old age as a corruption and degradation of herself from what she used to be. She wonders in fact, whether she might actually be a Jew, because of her similarity to a gypsy.
At first the speaker makes it sound like she has been married for only a year, but then changes it to seven. The speaker in this poem is Sylvia Plath. She conveys the heaviness of her pain by comparing her right foot to a paperweight. He was found guilty by trial in Jerusalem, Israel, and sentenced to hang. In large part, she kills herself to punish them for driving her to it. Whether this creates a vicious circle, in which that resentment is partially responsible for the subsequent attempt, is implied but not explicitly stated.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. At this point, the speaker experienced a revelation. The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna Are not very pure or true. She clearly sees God as an ominous overbearing being who clouds her world. It's as if the narrator is reassuring her father that all is well now.
Using the nightmarish scenario of the holocaust as a metaphor for the daughter's relationship with her German father does tap into historical depth and meaning. She revealed that he actually died before she could get to him, but she still claims the responsibility for his death. She is self-confident enough to speak directly to her antagonist. Her father died while she thought he was god. Her writing is thick with figurative language that cannot be interpreted only one way. You stand at the blackboard, daddy, In the picture I have of you, A cleft in your chin instead of your foot But no less a devil for that, no not Any less the black man who Bit my pretty red heart in two.
After a number of years, hatred is built up inside of Sylvia towards her father. The next four stanzas reveal her thoughts about her return to her life of suffering. These elements are employed by Plath in order to intensify the impact on her audience and convey all extreme emotions. I was ten when they buried you. Her words are cold but meaningful in a sense because she has finally gotten over him; his arrogance and superiority. Plath does not reveal the age of her second encounter with her own death, which was her first suicide attempt.