by Sylvia Plath
Morning Song Language and Communication Quotes
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One cry, and I stumble from bed, (13)
Okay, so our baby's still crying. (Believe us, this won't change for a while.) Now, though, her cries have become a form of communication. Our speaker knows that Baby wants something – and even though she may not be totally on board with the whole motherhood thing yet, the speaker is immediately up to help.
And now you try
Your handful of notes;
The clear vowels rise like balloons. (16-18)
Now we're getting somewhere. Baby has moved from crying to singing – and judging from our speaker's reaction, it's a pretty miraculous change. Sure, our speaker doesn't come out and say that she's overjoyed. That would be too easy. But check out the language she uses – it's not a "bald" cry, it's a collection of "vowels," of language. And that language rises "like balloons." Everybody loves balloons. They're so happy and floaty and joyful.