The American poet Sylvia Plath first published "Morning Song" in 1961, shortly after the birth of her first child. The poem paints a surreal, intimate, and tender portrait of a woman navigating motherhood for the first time. The speaker struggles to see her infant—who was so recently a part of her own body but who is now separate—as her own. At the same time, she feels a deep sense of devotion and responsibility to this utterly vulnerable being. The poem suggests that becoming a mother can be both deeply disorienting and sublime.