4. a. What is the poetic
device used when the mirror says 
‘I swallow’?
Answer- Sylvia path made
extensive use of ornamental devices to elevate the delicate psychological
aspects of humans through the apparently trifling mirror. “I swallow” is
justifying this brag which takes us to the beautiful usage personification.
Here the mirror is attributed with the quality of human.
4. b. How does the mirror
usually pass its time?
Answer- As adduced by the
poet, the mirror is the eye of God and a stationed one. Devoid of any hustle
and bustle the mirror is found to be meditating on the opposite wall most of
the time. Spontaneous meditation is found to have interruption when there is
advent of the moth hour.
4. c. What disturbs the
mirror’s contemplation of the opposite wall?
Answer- A mirror is found to
have hindrances in contemplation as the best creature of the mortal life
affected by desire and beauty comes to evaluate and to satisfy in front of it.
Our banal habit of assessing our youth and beauty makes the mirror disturbed.

4. d. 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?
Answer- The very exposition
of stern practical condition of the woman by the personified mirror is
delineated as a lake only to bring a parallel akin state between the two. Mirror
is an embodiment of the depth of time, whereas the lake is with its depressing
of user.
            Here, the mirror is the witness of passing time. The mirror
presents the memory of the woman who confronts decaying youth and beauty.
4. e. What is the woman
searching for in the depths of the lake?

Answer-Sylvia Plath brings a
turn in the poem by bringing the reference of the lake .She juxtaposes the lake
with the mirror. She refers here of a woman who bends over the lake .The lake
here symbolizes the depth of time. The woman bends over the lake meticulously
to evaluate what she is. She has become old and has lost her youth and beauty
.She vehemently tries to search her lost youth beauty.
4. f. How does the narrator
convey the fact that the woman looking at her reflection in the lake is deeply
Answer- The woman searching
her lost youth in the lake like mirror is entirely in a state of morose. She
discovered the fact that she is no more beautiful and young .She tries for the imposters
and liars like the moon and candles. Having got knave like treatment she turned
back towards the mirror again and when she is put in front of stern practical
fact of her old age and lost youth, she started to shed tears and tried a denial
of the truth with the agitation of hands.

4. g. What makes the woman start crying?  
Answer- The very exposition
of stern practical condition of the woman as unfolded by the mirror was a true
fact but tough to bear. The woman is the victim of time. She has stepped into
her superannuation and naturally is subject to decay decline and death. The
image of lost beauty and young age forced her to make her oculus wet.

4. h. What do you think the ‘terrible fish’ in the last line symbolizes? What is the poetic
device used here?
Answer- The poet ant
concluding part of the poem unfolds the very truth of human life. The women due
to the realization of inevitability of her this human physique beauty and charm
is symbolized as terrible fish. The poetic device indicting the implication of internal
sensibility of the women is simile her. Here the superannuated woman is impliedly
compared with the terrible fish.
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