What is Sylvia Plath's poem "You're" about?

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Sylvia Plath's poem "You're" is narrated by a speaker who is a mother meditating on her unborn child. The speaker's use of comparison, mostly through figurative language, captures the feeling of the unknown and the complex emotions felt by an expectant mother.

"You're" is written in two stanzas. The title, a contraction for "You are," refers to the baby growing inside of the speaker. The poem characterizes what the baby is to the speaker, how the speaker conceptualizes this new life. The first stanza reads:

Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
Gilled like a fish. A common-sense
Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,
Trawling your dark as owls do.
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth
Of July to All Fools’ Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf. (1-9)
The first few lines describe the unborn baby's movements inside the womb. Plath makes use of alliteration in the first line and uses a vivid adjective ("Clownlike") to supplement the speaker's...

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