Morning Song Sylvia Plath Analysis

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Plath also breaks the assumption that mother experiences spontaneous overflow of an unparallel and incomparable love for the child, when she writes about how different the act of making a child is from the reality of the child. A woman comes together with a man because of her love for him, hence “love sets” the child (compared to a gold watch) “going”, however that love for the father is not extended to the reality of the child. Hence, Plath shows that how her love for her child developed over time and how she initially felt distant from the child.
The tone in the poem “Morning song” is distant. The poet does not feel any love or attachment towards the child. He/she is as inanimate to her as the “elements” around her and this is why she places the child amongst elements and
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But like any other transformation, even this one was gradual and full of obstacles. One of the main obstacles was the idea of womanhood for women themselves. Though women did realise that “something is missing”, they were still unable to grab that missing piece as it contradicted their traditional image of their femininity. This intense internal conflict led to an identity crisis which is well documented in the journals and works of Sylvia Plath.
When Plath was in her early 20s she was surrounded by women who were housewives, thus inculcating in her an image of womanhood that is strongly associated with the values of being an ideal housewife. However, in the late 50s when the discontentment of housewives was becoming prominent, thereby propelling them out of their constrained roles to step into this big bad world, Plath, a married woman by then, became one of them. Hence, we see how she was caught up in this transition, thus ingraining in her two very opposite and conflicting definitions of

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