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The Central Theme Of Both The Poems Is Old Age. Sylvia Plath And Jenny

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The central theme of both the poems is old age. Sylvia Plath and Jenny
Joseph express their ideas of old age through the poems Mirror

Mirror and Warning


The central theme of both the poems is old age. Sylvia Plath and Jenny
Joseph express their ideas of old age through the poems ‘Mirror’ and
‘Warning’. The intention of Sylvia Plath and Jenny Joseph are
different. The message they want to get through to us differs. Jenny
Joseph gearing us up towards old age through Warning and Sylvia Plath
making old age sound terrible in Mirror.

In the poem mirror, Sylvia Plath uses a lot of dull and negative words
making old age sound terrifying “darkness” “drowned” and “terrible”.
“Then she turns to those liars, the candles the moon” in this sentence
she refers to the candle or the moon being a liar putting a negative
image. Where as candles and moons are know to be a source of light
making it positive. However the poem is very complicated to understand
because it has a lot of hidden meanings. She use a lot of vivid
language and personification meaning bringing lifeless object to life,
for example when she says “ Now I’m a lake” first line second
paragraph. The lady also portrays her life to be like a non-living
thing mirror, lake. This is because she describes her life to be less
objective comparison to Warning. Here Jenny Joseph describes the lady
to be quite cheerful, happy, and looking forward to old age. There is
a rhythmic pattern in Warning. The repetition of the word ‘and’ and ‘
I shall’ goes on through out the whole poem. The word and suggest
Jenny Joseph is writing while she’s thinking, as she goes along
perhaps. This is telling the readers she is looking forward to her
future and old age. Warning uses a lot of humour to portray and give a
happy image “You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat”.

The first paragraph is describing herself; we know this by the
repetition of “I”. Second paragraph is written in a second person
singular the word “you” to make the reader feel more involved and part
of the poem. In the third paragraph she start of with “ But now we
must…” this indicates that one day everybody must get old so we might
as well start to practise and look forward to it. Also in the third
paragraph she describes her present life to be very organised,
containing a way of life, here she also uses the word “we” in the last
line “we must have friends…” to get the reader involved. The dull
language in Mirror makes the poem very sad and unhappy. Straight away
in the first line we know...

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