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Morning Song

Sylvia Plath wrote the poem “Morning Song” (in her book of poetry- Ariel, 1965) in 1961. In this frank and somewhat detached poem she only sees herself as a mother in that her newborn is simply a reflection with which to watch herself age. The mother-speaker moves from a strange alienation to a kind of instinctive awakening to the child’s presence, and praises her baby at the end of the poem.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Plath, Sylvia  (Author Keyword)
  • Plath, Sylvia  (Subject Keyword)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3566.L27

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bassnett, Susan.  Sylvia Plath, An Introduction to the Poetry. 2005.

                      Call Number:  PS3566.L27 Z5815

  • Brain, Tracy.  The Other Sylvia Plath.  2001.

                       Call Number:  PS3566.L27 Z5827

  • Britzolakis, Christina.  Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning. 1999.

                       Call Number:  PS3566.L27 Z584

  • Gill, Jo (ed.)  The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath. 2006.

                      Call Number:  PS3566.L27 Z595

  • Kendall, Tim.  Sylvia Plath; A Critical Study.  2001

                      Call Number:  PS3566.L27 Z747

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism.Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59 1998

o   Vol. 9, p. 428

o   Vol. 14, p. 422

o   Vol. 111, p. 207

  • Masterplots II:  Poetry Series (Revised Edition).Call Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o   Vol. 5, p. 2523-2525

  • Poetry Criticism Call Number:  REF PN1010.P6

o   Vol. 1,  p. 390

o   Vol. 37, p. 256

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resources from Gale (Gale Literary Index)

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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