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Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" is a poem which deals intimately with the idea of women searching for distinctions between the real self and the false. It uses the titular mirror as its central symbolic device. More »

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For the most part, the tone of Sylvia Plath's poem "Morning Song" is one of emotional detachment or estrangement. Her nonmaternal attitude to her newborn child, describing it in the first stanza as an inanimate object, "... More »

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The Poetry Foundation's website contains a Sylvia Plath page with an extensive poetry selection by the writer, along with critical and collective analysis. The page contains many essays identified according to the primar... More »

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Famous sad poems that may make people cry include "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, "The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy, "The Sick Rose" by William Blake and "Alone" by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe wrote numerous other sad poems, such a... More »

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The theme of Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" revolves around the coming of age of his son and the poem lists different virtues that would help his child become a man. The last line of the poem directly refers to the son, whi... More »

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