Poem "You're": what do these lines mean?:- A common-sense / thumbs-down on the Dodo's mode- Trawling your dark as owls do- Farther off than Australia I have difficulty understanding the meaning of these lines or, to be specific, what about the unborn child they refer to. Please kindly explain.

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The poem is indeed a complex one, and there will be more interpretations out there, I'm sure.

- A common-sense / thumbs-down on the Dodo's mode

Here I think Plath is recognising the innate instinct and zest for survival that a young child has. She would marvel at this as, particularly for someone who harbours suicidal tendencies herself, it is a blessing. The child as a human will not follow the...

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