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

Morning Song - Sylvia Plath

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Morning Song Love set you going like a fat gold watch. (Love literally is meant in this line. A reference to the act of love.) The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. (These two lines are the arrival of Plath's baby.) The first stanza described the moment of the birth of a child and the incoming to nature and life. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue. (The hospital rooms tend to hold sound, echoing. The statue is a metaphor which is used in order to stress the nakedness of the baby) In a drafty museum, your nakedness (The open airy rooms, the feeling of amazement on some level, and both have many visitors.) ...read more.

Middle

A far sea moves in my ear. (The baby is the far sea and the crying starts.) The fourth stanza could be set in the house because of the use of the words "all night" and how relaxed the setting is. The comparison with nature expresses the beauty of her new born baby. One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral (when the baby cries, she immediately leaves her bed. "cow-heavy" meaning that her breasts are full of milk.) In my Victorian nightgown. (The Victorian gown is a reference to the past to emphasize the role of women as being housewives and their main role was to care for the children. She alludes to her resentment of the connection between her nightgown and the baby.) Your mouth opens clean as a cat's. ...read more.

Conclusion

Your handful of notes; (At dawn, the baby's cries are clear and he/she is in the process of acquiring language.) The clear vowels rise like balloons. (The bonds become undeniable as the infant opposes her with his or her "clear vowels." The mother's contemplation of her child end on a positive note.) The final stanza is a continuation of the previous stanza because it describes the weeping of the baby. In "Morning Song," the mother's bond to her infant strengthens as she tries to deny it. While attempting to prove that she has no connection to this new life, during the poem it becomes clear that the connection is undeniable. The "morning song" is the baby. The Morning Song is a mother, waking to feed her baby. It reflects her feminism, through the importance of maternity and the joy that a son can give to her. ...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. Nurse's Song Commentary

    The nurse says that when "the days of her youth rise fresh in her mind her face turns green and pale". The sick, unhappy image of the nurse indicates negative connotations of childhood: "Your spring and your day are wasted in play" indicates the lack of physical and mental freedom of children, which was the reality during Blake's time.

  2. Morning Song - Analysis

    As the poem progresses a stark contrast however appears - the action of the poem increases when the mother attends the baby's cries. It is here where Plath contrasts between the fourth and fifth stanza by now describing the

  1. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    was for fear of not getting an answer.' In her husband's house, she fears for neglect. In her own household, she fears for over-attention. However, the two settings are interlinked with a similarity: they continuously repress, control her life from every single tiny aspect through treating her as a maid.

  2. English Owl song -Oliver

    In the third stanza, the owl-like soul, or the narrator, sits in the "forest talking of death, which is monotonous" (lines 11-12). The word monotonous is defined as lacking in variety or simply repetitious. Owls could be interpreted as omen or death.

  1. Sylvia Plath - Arrival of the Bee Box

    And this ownership is in the form of fascination, the speaker cannot stop from exploring the box ("There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there" -9) despite the reasons not to do so. Overwhelmed by fascination, the speaker "puts her eye to the grid"(11).

  2. Sylvia Plath - Mirror

    The change creates a somewhat different atmosphere than the one that existed with the mirror; a lake is much larger and imposing than a mirror. In addition to this, a lake is located outside whereas a mirror is located in a house, suggesting that escaping truth is not viable as truth is universally present.

  1. Commentary on 'Daddy' and 'The Arrival of the Bee Box' By Sylvia Plath

    Usually a shoe's job is to protect or comfort the foot, not to make it feel trapped and helpless. Her father was so authoritarian, that he made Sylvia feel just that. Although her father died when she was ten, she says that she lived like the foot for thirty years, "barely daring to breathe or achoo".

  2. perfume analysis terrier and baby

    He is an it, not a person, an anonymous being, semi human, semi animal. A predator who is seeking to cling to Terrier like an incubus, to devour him. His panic stricken response is a natural response to danger. Through punctuation we can see his fear "smelling at him shamelessly, that was it!"

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