Presentation on theme: "Mirror by Sylvia Plath Who is the narrator of this poem?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Mirror by Sylvia Plath Who is the narrator of this poem? Find a line or phrase that suggests the mirror is unaffected by personal feelings.What does ‘meditating on the opposite wall’ mean?Why does Plath describe the wall as ‘part of [her] heart’?How does the mood alter in the second stanza?What do you think the woman is doing?What does the lake symbolise?Why does she call the candles and the moon ‘liars’?Write a short paragraph explaining why you like or dislike this poem.
3 Background on Sylvia Plath Born 1932, died 1963Suffered from depression and low self- esteemCommitted suicide three days after writing 'Mirror'Married to poet Ted Hughes – their divorce was said to be the reason behind Plath's suicide
4 Essay Writing Using 'Mirror' by Sylvia Plath Re-read the poem and make notes on what it means to youRemember to use quotations (including quotation marks) throughout your essay.
5 Introduction -Give the title of the poem and the poet. -Say what sort of poem it is (in this case – free-verse – it doesn't rhyme – and laid out in two stanzas)-Write a few short sentences about the subject of the poem (truth, reflection, death, suicide...)
6 Imagery-What are the pictures used in the poem? Why do you think they are used and what effect do they have on the reader?-What metaphors, similes and personification are used?-What senses are tapped into? Does this help you enjoy or understand the poem?
7 Form & Structure-Are there any interesting features in the poem from the way it appears on the page – e.g. shape, length of lines, number of stanza
8 Rhyme & Rhythm-Does the poem rhyme? If so, what pattern is used – e.g. ABAB, ABCB-Are there any strong beats in the poem – rhythm?-If so, say why the poet might have used them.
9 Language-Does the choice of words used by the poet help us understand her feelings?-Poets use certain words to trigger how we think about a poem – which words do this?-Think about the sound of the poem – which techniques are used? e.g. Alliteration, Onomatopoeia
10 Themes -Explore the themes and ideas more carefully. -What is the poem really about? What message is Plath trying to put across?
11 Conclusion -How do you respond to the poem? Does it work for you? -Give your thoughts and feelings about the poem.