Before the actual birth, Clarke looks out of the window at ‘The people and cars’ doing what they do on a normal day where as she is about to experience one of the most significant events of her life. I think she mentions traffic lights because it kind of defines giving birth. Red means stop which represents the waiting, amber means get ready which is the contractions, and green means go, which is the final stages of giving birth. ‘The tight red rope of love’ is the umbilical cord.
The most significant word in this is red, it is used because red is the colour of love or passion. Also red is actual colour the umbilical cord would be because of the blood that flowed between mother and the child in the womb. Mother and child ‘fought over’ the cord. The verb fought suggests the pain of childbirth. This could show that Clarke thinks violence plays a big part in love. ‘I wrote all over the walls with my Words’. This could be the words she screamed when going through labour. She imagines the words ‘coloured the clean squares’ of the hospital.
The coloured squares would give the hospital a new look, making it more interesting and possibly easier for the mother to get distracted and not think about the pain she is going through so much. Also it reflects Clarke’s life because there is about to be a big change in everything she does. It is not just her; she has a baby to be responsible for as well. ‘The wild tender circles’ could possibly refer to the waves of contractions in the lead-up to the birth. Contractions get closer and closer together as moment of birth nears.
‘We want, we shouted, to be two, to be ourselves’. I think this suggests both happiness and also both pain. The mother and child are happy to become separate but are also distressed with the pain they both went through. Also I think the mother is already going through the pain and reality of separation. Catrin has asked to ‘skate in the dark’. This shows Catrin’s growing independence. The word dark could also mean the darkness of the womb, or could mean that both mother and child don’t know each other very well anymore and are growing even more separate.
Sylvia Plath creates a full scene with, Morning Song. She uses each word to draw a picture of her daily activities and she draws the reader’s attention in each line. Once again, like Catrin it is about her daughter not so much child birth like Catrin but more the stages after birth. Morning song is made up of long lines divided up in to three line long stanzas and there are six of them, unlike Catrin which has two long stanzas.