by Sylvia Plath
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The midwife slapped your footsoles, (2)
Pretty much every movie with a baby in it probably has a scene like this one: baby is born and gets smacked into the world. No wonder the baby starts out screaming. The fact that Plath chooses a stereotypical image of first-moment baby-ness suggests that she's not going to be claiming that her baby is extra-special in any particular way. Nope. It's just a baby. A very loud baby.
your nakedness (5)
Once again, Plath resorts to fairly typical images of babies to describe her newborn. This time, though, the image gets turned on its head just a little bit – this newborn is, in fact, a statue, which is something slightly less dependent and helpless than other forms of babies.
All night your moth-breath
It's funny how one little baby can command so much attention, huh? But our speaker has moved from thinking about the ways that the baby interacts with her life to – well, letting that baby play a part in her life. Even though the baby is no longer screaming, our speaker is paying all sorts of attention to it!