Morning Song

I love the precision of the pauses in ‘Morning Song’, particularly the semicolon (the only one Plath uses in the poem) after ‘notes’. Beautiful.

‘Your mouth opens clean as a cat’s. The window square // Whitens and swallows its dull stars. / And now you try / Your handful of notes; / The clear vowels rise like balloons.’

— Sylvia Plath, ‘Morning Song’

facsimile of the poem ‘Morning Song’ by Sylvia Plath


literature sylvia-plath