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Morning Song

Sylvia Plath

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Moring Song
Added by: anon
'Love set you goin like a fat gold watch' Wow! That is a great opening line! The imagry behind the line (the conception of a child through the act of making love, the value, and expensiveness of the child itself) is so thick. The way the line rolls off the tougne is brilliant! I also particularlt enjoyed the personification of the new day in the window, and the comparison of the stars as being dull next to the baby. I think Morning Song is a poem that new mothers can relate to. 'And now you try your handful of notes; The clear vowels rise up like ballons.' It is a beutiful poem, like many of Plaths' whilst being lighter than some of her more confessional poems such as 'Lady Lazarus'
morning song
Added by: never had a dream come true
this poem portrays the beuty and feelings a mother has when seeing her new born child and the title morning song gives us the impression that it is filled with hope and makes a person want to sing. Sylvia has this unique style of relating life to nature and therefore i feel it is a poem worth reading
Morning Song
Added by: Crystal
I agree with the first comment that was made. This poem was very believable and interesting. Although every mother cherishes the birth of their child, they are still humans beings and dislike being awakened early in the morning by their child's cries. I really enjoyed reading this poem!
Added by: Spank
The poem “Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath deals with motherhood. The poem is about the birth and of the speakers’ baby and some of the events following it. Plath uses metaphors to describe the connection between the people, particularly between mother and child. She uses each of the five stanzas to convey a different message about parenthood to the reader
The speaker shows right in first line of the poem the love she has for her newborn baby “Love set you going like a fat gold watch”. This shows that the speaker loves her baby as soon as she is born, and that she was brought into this world being deeply loved by her mother. The metaphor of the fat gold watch shows that the baby is precious to the mother and is valuable. It also shows how it was love that started the baby’s life, as you wind up a watch to get it going.
Plath describes the baby as a new statue in a drafty museum. By this it makes the reader visualise friends and family standing around in the hospital room looking at the new object, statue, in the room that is the baby. The use of the word statue to describe the baby also makes the reader see the baby as an emotionless figure, not actually considered to be a human being yet, as it is different from everybody else. Plath says, “your nakedness Shadows our safety” which also alienates the baby from the rest of the group as it is naked and everybody else is presumably fully clothed.
In the third stanza Plath tries to project to the reader how mother and child move apart from each other after childbirth. The first line of the stanza simply states, “I’m no more your mother”. This shows that the speaker feels that the baby is less ‘hers’ than when the child was still in her womb. The rest of the stanza is a metaphor showing that she feels like a cloud looking down on her shadow or reflection, that is her baby and now the wind is slowly pushing the cloud away, the wind of time pulling the speaker away from her baby. The connection that mother and baby once shared is weakening.
The speaker tells the reader how she stays awake at night listening to her baby breathe, maybe as a kind of reassurance that her baby is still alive and nothing bad has happened to it. This really shows the love that the mother has for her child. She cannot bear the thought of anything bad happening to her baby, the only way she is at ease is when she can hear the baby’s breath and knows that while it is breathing it is still all right. The mother cares for her baby so much that she cannot sleep she needs to be there with her child at all times, as it is her duty.
Plath continues to convey to the reader in the fifth stanza how devoted she is to her baby. “One cry, and I stumble from my bed,” For most mothers if their baby starts crying in the night and they know nothings is wrong, they probably would just try and ignore it for a while and see if it stops and goes back to sleep. Plath shows in this stanza that she is not most mothers. If the baby just cries once, if it be for food or just wants attention, she will be there. She does not want to leave her baby alone or in need for one second she does not want it feeling neglected or unloved. One cry and she is there.
The final sentence of the poem is one of the most powerful in the poem “And now you try” it is like she is challenging you. Commanding any doubters of her efforts to do the same. She shows how it is not easy being a new and loving mother, completely devoting yourself to your child twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
To conclude, I feel that this poem shows the different experiences a new mother and baby must go through after childbirth. It explores the different bonds between mother and child and also looks into how the rest of the inner circle of family and friends seem to be there but not really matter, as the most important thing to a new mother is her baby and the poem shows perfectly how at that time is her life, nothing was more important.
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Added by: nicole
we have looked and the poem in my literature class and were asked to write and analysis on our own views of the poem and i found that the poem was about the birth of the sun, bold and shines apon the terraind, like abig gold watch i felt that that was symbolising the sun being the time keeper shining its gold rays. "taking place among the elements i felt was a way to describe the birth of the sun shining apon the elements. the drafty museum being the sky and the suns bold qualities and its naked ness. one cry ank you awake from your bed alet and ready of the days proccesions"whitens and swallows the dull starts" as the sun rises the stars become dull and fade. it makes sense, and i dont see why you would name a poem the morning song if your not talking about the sun and the rising of the sun, the relation to a baby in this poem is to obvious, you have to view it as literature and pull it apart and create meaning from the abstract.
Added by: David
Please remove the period (end-stop) after "New statue" in line 4; it is not there in the original and changes the meaning of the following sentence.

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