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Compare Plath's view on motherhood with 'You're and 'Morning Song'

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Compare Plath's view on motherhood with 'You're and 'Morning Song' In Plath's poetry she is very depressed about her life but when you look at the poems, 'You're' and 'Morning Song' you get a new view on her life. These poems are about her opinion and feelings on motherhood and are her only positive poems that we have studied so far. Morning song is when Plath writes about her new baby daughter and how she feels towards her and 'you're', is a celebratory poem about approaching motherhood. Sylvia Plath wrote 'Morning song' after the birth of her first daughter. The poem is different from the cheerful poem 'you're' although she still talks about the good parts of pregnancy. In 'morning song' Plath starts off very positive about motherhood. Plath describes her baby as precious and if it is worth a lot to her, 'love set you going like a fat gold watch.' I think she does this because it is her first baby and she wants to protect her. ...read more.

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Plath loves the baby so much that it is a 'new statue.' The baby is like it is on a pedestal; it is worth worshipping, it is more important than anyone else. Also it is all she cares about and she is not worried about herself. Her descriptions are similar to the ones that she uses in you're. In both poems the descriptions are exact. In 'Morning song' she concentrates on the different noises the baby creates, it's 'bald cry', the baby's 'moth breath' and 'your handful of notes.' Her talking about her daughter in this way is positive. It seems that Plath enjoys every different sound that the baby makes and would do anything ho hear more. In the poem, Plath reminds us that she doesn't want her child to turn out like her, and that when she looks at her, she doesn't see herself, she realises her child's individuality. "Than the cloud that distils a mirror to reflect its own slow." This is positive to see that Plath will do anything to give her baby a good future. ...read more.

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She also is happy that she is pregnant, "right, like a well-done sum." Throughout the poem, Plath uses different metaphors to suggest the baby's position at the time, in the first stanza it is 'clownlike', in the second stanza the baby is like 'bent-backed atlas' and also, "jumpy as a Mexican bean." Plath's positivity is reflected in her declaration that the child is secure and perfect. Finally, Plath doesn't want her child to follow the path that she has had to walk in. She wants it to have 'a clean slate' with individuality. In both poems she is protective of her child. From both these poems I think that Sylvia Plath had a general happy outlook on motherhood. She is very protective over her child and seems to be very caring in leading her child the right way. I think her pregnancy was the best thing that happened to Plath and she was happy it happened to her as well. She creates many different images of her unborn baby, which are all positive and happy. Megan Scott 11LCF English Miss Miller ...read more.

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