A poem written from the point of view of a mirror is practically required to be, to some extent, about appearances. This mirror tells us repeatedly about how accurate and unbiased it is in showing appearances – which doesn't work out so well for the aging woman in the second stanza, who seems very concerned with the way that she looks. This poem explores the importance and transience of appearances.
The point of view in this poem emphasizes the theme of appearances.
In this poem, the woman searches for herself by looking at her physical appearance.