• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Morning Song - Analysis

Extracts from this document...


Sylvia Plath - Morning Song Ryan Sugrue Mrs Pride A morning song usually is an expression of love - a baby's voice to it's mother - but in Sylvia Plath's "Morning Song" she ironically twists the meaning, suggesting that the baby song is not altogether pleasant to the mother. In Plath's poem she seeks to reconstruct the loss of connection the mother feels when finally giving birth to the newborn child. The poem portrays an interesting equilibrium between a mother's affection for her baby and the sinister thoughts and feelings the birth of her child arouses and the effects it has on her. The imagery, tone and narrative of the poem help Plath illustrate the ambiguous yet strange descriptions of the baby and the mother's insecurity to her child. The poem's first line powerfully captures the speaker's hesitant tone by contrasting the baby to a "fat gold watch". The use of this simile in the opening line depicts the child as something distant and not quite human, something beautiful yet repulsive at the same time - it is attractive and emotionless, however treasured. ...read more.


However at the beginning of stanza four the tone of the speaker changes, a sense of caring and delicacy is introduced. It is here where the imagery now softens "moth breath" - the first comparison the speaker makes of baby to a living creature, but it still only "flickers amongst the flat pink roses". And through the fricative sounds "flicking" that Plath uses, the speaker is able to depict the mother's changing attitude, providing an unvoiced friction within the mother. This is also evident by the short sentence "I wake to listen". The mother is showing care for the child and listens so intently that she thinks she can even hear a "far sea" in her ear. The child's tiny breaths comes across the mother's mind like a huge isolated sea. This emphasises the ambiguity of the newborn as well as the familiarity she and her child have with each other as it further portrays the lack of understanding the mother has for her child through the misunderstand and unfamiliarity in their relationship. ...read more.


whitens" showing that the mother has been awake all night, as she struggles to grapple with her conscience and feelings in regards to her new child. But when balloons rise you cannot grasp them. And so, the final two stanzas confirm the ambivalent feelings the mother has towards their child as she feel the need to act in a maternal manner, but yet does not view the child in a positive and lovable manner. This indicates that the mother still does not have clear understandings of her relationship with her newborn child. "Morning Song" by Silva Plath explores the thought process of a mother's search to strengthen her bond with her infant after a feeling of loss of connection after giving birth to it. Whilst trying to portray that she has an ambiguous association to this new life, the connection becomes more positive as the poem progresses and the baby relates to her with it's "clear vowels". The "handful of notes" that the baby can make is all that is necessary to scatter all feelings of apathy towards the newborn. As the baby's cry "rise like balloons" the reader comes to understand that the child's morning song is 'clear' but at the same time vulnerable. WORD COUNT: 1136 WORDS ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Morning Song - Sylvia Plath

    Flickers among the flat pink roses. I wake to listen: ("Pink roses" indicates that the wallpaper is pink so therefore the baby could be a girl. Relates to the mother's "floral" nightgown. The mother wakes up before the baby actually cries.)

  2. The Siren Song Essay

    themselves to be lured in, just as how the sailor was warned before reaching the island. As the poem carries on, the reader becomes further engaged by the speaker, feeling allured and anticipating the secret which the speaker promises to reveal.

  1. Write a Detailed Analysis Comparing and Contrasting The Ways in Which Sylvia Plath ...

    This exemplifies that the speaker is to make a choice that will determine his future life and everything depends on one of the roads that he chooses. The first road seems very long as the speaker says: "[I] looked down as far as I could", showing that it is unknown to him as to where it leads.

  2. Greasy Lake analysis

    references to pop culture and they symbolize the transformation from adolescence to adulthood. There are a variety of sentence structures. There are both long, complex structures and terse structures. The extended metaphor incorporated to describe the scene ends with an abrupt phrase, 'This was nature'.

  1. English Owl song -Oliver

    Step seven: analysis The poem "Owl Song" by Atwood is not just a poem about a song, as readers would assume before reading the poem.

  2. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    Towards the end of this section, Desai highlights her individuality as she questions her mother's thoughts, 'Who cares what they say? Who cares what they think?', which shows her bravery to living a less traditionally based life, and by doing so she lives a more fortunate life, as illustrated later on in the novel.

  1. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Chapter Analysis

    This is reinforced by "seeing her hands no longer at her mother's command". Through this, we can see that Tita is exploring new ways to exist. In addition to this, Tita first makes communication though writing in this chapter. This can be related to the sense of freedom that she

  2. Comparing and Contrasting Nadine Gordimer's Narrative Situations

    A relationship requires reciprocation of feelings and action, which is only being seen here for the first, but last, time. A second instance where Vera's confirmation bias can be seen occurs a little later: He did not take her in his arms, he did not touch her.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work