Our literature teacher, told us to answer some questions about a poem we read.
- What is the effect of Plath’s choice to write the poem from a mirror’s perspective?
- Why do you think Plath switched the perspective from a mirror to a lake?
- Would this poem read differently if it had been written by a man? What about if a man was visiting the lake?
- How old do you think the woman in the poem is?
- Growing older is scary in this poem. When you think of yourself aging, is it scary like that “terrible fish”?
1- The effect on Plath’s choice to write from a mirror perspective, is because mirrors don’t lie, can’t lie. They only see your true you, your true image.
2-I believe he changed the perspective of the poem to the narrator being a lake, is because mirrors can look things exactly as they are. Instead, the image that a lake gives is or can be disturbed, just as human vision. What I mean is that the image a lake gives, is much more looking-like that how we see ourselves, because our brain distrubs it just as the lake does.
3- It all depends on what type of man wrote it. There are man that care about their image too, and viceversa.
4- I think this woman is very old, because she says that the woman in the lake is growing old, and I believe that she is THAT woman.
5- I don’t think growing old is scary, at least because I’m catholic. And although it is weird to think about, I think the ‘life before the life’ will be awesome
Our history teacher told us to draw an object and do a poem about it
Trash can, by Manolo Padilla and Bautista Bravo
Always the trash I am receiving,
The tings that people waste,
My story is about dying,
Under the things that people hate.
Now I am a sea,
Fish live inside me,
And with the waste I eat,
The life inside me they kill.