Study Guide

Morning Song Identity

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Every time something major happens in your life, there's a good chance that you'll step back and take a few moments to contemplate how it's changed the way you think or behave in the world. And let's face it: becoming a mother is a pretty massive change. Our speaker sure thinks so, at any rate. "Morning Song" may seem to be about how a new baby acts in the world, but it's also an opportunity for a new mother to play out her changed sense of self.

Questions About Identity

  1. How would you describe the baby in this poem? Is she different than other babies? If so, how?
  2. When do you think that a person starts to become a person? (Is it the moment she or he is born? Later?) How does this poem support or contradict your perspective?
  3. How does the speaker see herself in the poem? Can you get a sense of how her identity has changed since she became a mother?
  4. Does the way the speaker sees her own identity change over the course of the poem?

Chew on This

The speaker doesn't know how to view herself since becoming a mother. She's unsure if she should think of herself as a distant creator, a food source, or a caretaker.

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