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"Morning Song" and "Sonnet 19"

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Introduction

"Morning Song" and "Sonnet 19" The poem "Morning Song" was written by the poet Sylvia Plath. Based around the struggles of this young mother the poem shows not only the events that took place within her first few weeks of motherhood but the feelings and emotions she goes through. Through her life this poet suffered times of depression in which finally lead her to commit suicide in February 11th 1963 by the means of suffocation with cooking gas. Although this poem was written a few years before then she was still going through a stage of post-novel depression. Due to this, the poem has a sad and depressing atmosphere, which is shown best in paragraph three. The first few paragraphs are based around the arrival of her baby while as the last few on an event that happened a few weeks later. We can say that the event in the last paragraphs happened a few weeks later because at first it is written in the past tense and then in the present. Also in the second line Sylvia Plath describes the cries of her baby as 'bald' meaning an unpractised one-note cry. ...read more.

Middle

This is an unusual sentence as it runs from the end of the fifth paragraph and into the last paragraph. Sylvia Plath may have wanted it to flow and make time seem continuous and edging on slowly. It had been a long night as the event she described was none other then her baby's cry in the morning. The forth and fifth paragraphs link as they both describe the night before. She had been up most of the night listening to the inevitability of her baby's cry, waiting patiently for it to come. The lines: 'All night your moth-breath Flickers among the flat pink roses' Show the protective poet and the way she sees her child as fragile and helpless. This is shown perfectly by the description 'moth-breath'. Being small, weak and fragile they are easily broken with the smallest of touches. And to follow on she backs it up with the word 'flickers'. Like on a candle, the flame can easily be blown out. We can tell she is listening intently for the cries of her baby with the line: 'A far sea moves in my ear' If you were to get up to quickly or listen very, very carefully you may hear a faint rush of sound. ...read more.

Conclusion

'But I forbid thee one most heinous crime' He is basically saying time can do all this wrong as said in the first four lines but not this crime. He then goes on where time is personified, first to be a carpenter: 'O carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow' The he goes on to describe time as an artist 'Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen' Both these lines are saying not to age his love, by giving her wrinkles. He then uses 'Him' with a capital letter, telling us he's describing God. 'Him in they course untainted do allow' - meaning God allows time to do such things. The last two lines are a couplet, in which sum up the poem and give us an understanding of its meaning. 'Yet do they worst old Time: despite they wrong, My love shall in my verse ever live young' This is basically saying that time can do whatever it likes, but 'he' cannot age the love he shows in his verse. In this he is defying time. In conclusion I find this poem a very expressive and brilliant poem. It truly shows the genius and mind of the one who brought us Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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