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Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living
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After all, in the creator-as-watchmaker scenario, God wipes his hands of his new creation. Once it's up and running, he's out. A baby, however, tends to need care and attention. All the time.

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Which might be a teeny bit problematic if, as this analogy could suggest, its parents decided to let it exist on its own. That's just the dark side of this first line, though. Maybe our speaker could simply be marveling at the incredible way that a creature who for nine months was entirely dependent on its mother, now seems to move and breathe all on its own. And hey, gold watches — especially the fat ones — are pretty prized possessions. So maybe our speaker's not so detached from the lil' babe, after all. Lines The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements.


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This is it. This is the moment that most babies have been waiting… well, nine months for. It's the moment that at least one out of three romantic comedies just has to include. It's that time when a new baby takes a deep breath and squalls for the first time.

Our speaker's stark language gets even more direct here. You can almost imagine a kid's conversation with its mother going a lot like this: Kid: Mommy, what happened when I was born? Mom: Well, the midwife slapped your footsoles. Kid: And then what? Mom: And then you cried.

A lot. It's the last line of this little passage that demonstrates Plath's dexterity with language.

See, she doesn't seem to be saying much. But then again, in the space of two little lines, she morphs "you" that's the baby, remember? As she describes it, there's nothing as natural as a baby's cry.

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It's stripped-down, lonely, "bald" — the first time a baby cries, it does so just because it's out in the world for the first time. More importantly, describing the baby's cry as a part of the elements make it seem like this particular baby is an integral part of the world.

Its cry is as important to the world as earth, air, wind or… well, you get the picture. This baby is Big Stuff. Cite This Page. Logging out….

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