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Morning Song - Sylvia Plath
The first 200 words of this essay...
Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
(Love literally is meant in this line. A reference to the act
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.)
Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls.
(The visitors stand around.)
I'm no more your mother
(The first appearance of the pronoun "I")
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind's hand.
(She sees the birth of her child as a
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