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Analysis and comments on Morning Song by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 19 of 139, added on September 21st, 2007 at 10:20 AM.

I believe that this mother was anxious about her newborn child like all
other women are.She certainly loves her child but is not able yet to cope
with its behaviour.Plath uses fine images in order to show as this love.

Zoe from Greece
Comment 18 of 139, added on May 20th, 2007 at 3:03 AM.

I don't think in Lady Lazarus she actually thought of herself like that
because if you read it closely it's written with a very ironic tone and she
is mocking "Herr [Mr.] Doktor".

I quite liked the poem, it began with the word love and ended with the
feeling of love.

S. Langor from Australia
Comment 17 of 139, added on April 11th, 2007 at 9:54 PM.

In my opinion the poet is looking at the arrival of her baby on a different
level. That of what happens to a room, house or person when a new object
appears. I don't think this poem is necessarily about Platt's emotions
toward the child but more about the presence of the child itself. I think
she removes herself emotionally on purpose to simply observe the changes in
the household. Like how a wall or house might view the arrival of the baby.

Amy from Canada
Comment 16 of 139, added on February 27th, 2007 at 6:07 AM.

I am sorry if anyone is offended by this but Sylvia Plath was a very
selfish woman. She didn't care for others, the fact that she so desperately
wanted to commit suicide portrays this, she didn't care about the effect
her death would have on her children or anyone else. In a sense, she had
the same views as her father apparently had (although she is so very
pesimistic that I wouldn't fully believe everything she says). In "Lady
Lazarus" she quotes, "I am your opus, I am your valuable, The pure gold
baby", she thinks that her father valued her purely as a possession but
yet, in Morning Song, she appears to view her own baby as an object, not a
living,breathing human.

Matt from Australia
Comment 15 of 139, added on May 4th, 2006 at 10:36 AM.

after reading this poem i believe we can find more than one meaning or
layer of meaning. the poem its may talk about motherhood a how this afects
the ambigious thoughts and feelings women have after giving birth to a
child. yet i think it has to do with the idea of giving birth but not only
to a child but birth in a more symbolic or metaphoric sense. perhaps the
idea of birth is used as the idea of creation of something new in our lives
that changes how things were and makes us feel uneasy and frightened.

ro from Uruguay
Comment 14 of 139, added on March 24th, 2006 at 6:04 PM.

we shouldn't automatically assume that the speaker of the poem is actually
the poet, so her own destiny has nothing to do with the poem itself.
She describes her baby in the most unflattering expressions using words
with negative connotations: “moth-breath and “mouth opens clean as a
cat’s.” The poem is a bit ironic, as it portrays motherhood differently
from what is considered traditional. Every woman’s main purpose in life is
to give birth to a descendant. In the poem, however, the mother does not
cherish her round forms and instead calls herself “cow-heavy.” On the
outside, she is a typical woman who just begat a child: in a floral
Victorian nightgown rushing to the cradle when hears a cry. On the inside,
she mentally tries to escape from the situation. She looks out of the
window but nothing pleases her eyes, even the stars are dull. She feels
devoured by her burden, as the night is devoured by day.

Liana from Ukraine
Comment 13 of 139, added on December 30th, 2005 at 4:38 AM.

ı think this poem was written when she had perplexed feelings about
her baby.She was in dilemma whether to be happy or sad.she even doesn't
know how should be his manner towards the newborn baby so we do not really
critisize her poem.but ı can say that all mother feel confused shotly
after the birth and s.plath also feel this and give it in morning song....

zeynep demir from Turkey
Comment 12 of 139, added on December 30th, 2005 at 2:56 AM.

this poem is about motherhood.It tells us the sensitivity of a mother after
she gives a birth.Plath reflects her mood to poem very well;sometimes she
is extremely excited about her new baby,sometimes pessimistic but generally
I enjoyed while I was reading it

nazlı kemik from Turkey
Comment 11 of 139, added on December 29th, 2005 at 7:08 PM.

ı think the poem shows us the psychology of a mother after she gives a

tuğba özkan from Turkey
Comment 10 of 139, added on December 29th, 2005 at 6:59 PM.

ı think this poem reflects the feelings of the poet when she becomes a

seçil abay from Turkey

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Morning Song
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 11 2006

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