Plath's "Morning Song" is an ode to the birth of her son. The poem chronicles birth to life, utilizing smilie, metaphor,
personification, and structure to bring the words and images to life.
The poem is rich with simile and metaphor. Plath and Hughes stand as "blankly as walls." The baby yawns with a mouth
as "clean as a cat's." The baby's voice coos as "vowels rise like balloons." All these images work together to bring life
to the words and creates visual and auditory imagery.
The personification that reigns througout the poem serves to bring a bounce and a spring to Plath's language. The cloud
"distills a mirror," the vowels "rise like balloons" and the baby's moth-breath "flickers." This device serves to create a
clearer visual in a reader's mind, everything is moving, thinking, and living. This further illustrates Plath's theme of life
as emphasized my the baby's birth.
The stucture of the piece is extremely clear. Plath's syntax is extremely uniform; three lines to a stanza. This serves movement
in the poem, the poem flows easily due to smooth transitions from image to image. Each thought is separated
into different stanza. This serves the poems magical quality, it moves as though Plath were plucking the
strings of an instrament, steady.