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Analysis and comments on Daddy by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 40 of 140, added on October 6th, 2005 at 2:54 AM.

I had never heard of Sylvia Plath until I was up all night watching t.v.
trying to distract my own depressed thoughts, due to finding out that my
boyfriend had been cheating on me, when a movie called Sylvia came on, and
you can imagine the emotions I felt as I watched her life's story unfold.
I started reading her poetry and learning more about her life and have
become a great admirer of her works. My comment is for Lenore from United
States. I just wanted to say that your interpetation of this poem is
excellent! Your research and knowledge of her life is very extensive and I
believe you've nailed it! For a lack of better words. It's very early in
the morning and my brain is a bit fried. Great Job, you've explained this
poem so well, as I go back and read it, I can see how it all fits and comes
together, that it now makes sense. Thank you, I hope you've commented on
all of her poetry.

calcrnflakegirl from United States
Comment 39 of 140, added on September 19th, 2005 at 4:58 PM.

To hear read Sylvia's works of art, is such a soothing thing, to know that
there were writers like that back then in 20th century just gives me
chills. I have not read another authos writings that have anazed me since
I've found out about Sylvia Plath about four years ago, her works of
literature austounded me. I am a junior in high school and I have to write
about an American author and of course as I always choose, I chose Sylvia
Plath, although ever year I get to research an author and it usually ends
up being her I am still amazed in reading more of her life styles and
workds or art. Daddy has got ot be my favorite poem of hers and The Bell
Jar is my most favorite book EVER! I cannot fathom the thought that another
author would take her space, because there is none that can be as in depth
as Sylvia was.

Angel from United States
Comment 38 of 140, added on September 7th, 2005 at 9:04 PM.

She has developed a hatred for Germans. Thinking that every German is like
her father. She compares herself to a person of Jewish decent. The vicitim
of a hanous crime comitted by her father. She seems to tie her husband into
this poem as well.

Laleh from United States
Comment 37 of 140, added on September 7th, 2005 at 2:25 PM.

i think its a beautifuly written poem like the rest , and it did bring a
tear or two to my eye when i read it, the last sentence just shows how much
hurt she was... x x x x

Enola from United Kingdom
Comment 36 of 140, added on July 27th, 2005 at 4:46 PM.

Why is it when woman writes about her father there is a tie to her
husband/boyfried, etc? Daddy is about her father, not Ted. It is clear in
every stanza, the way it flows on and on with a rhythm that isn't going to
be interrupted with the intrusion of Ted. Any comparisons or allusions to
Ted are just more unoriginal Freudian b-s from a reviewer who can't
conceive of a woman NOT writing about the man in her life.

Jennifer from United States
Comment 35 of 140, added on July 17th, 2005 at 3:58 AM.

I'm currently researching Sylvia Plath for a senior English assignment and
have decided to anylise "Daddy" as well as five other of Sylvia's poems.

Not only is Plath comparing her suffering to that of the Jews, I believe
that deeper down she is trying to sort out her emotions concerning her
father's ethnic race. How would a child feel to hear about the horrific
actions of the Nazis and know that her father is German? It is easy,
especially for young people, to group all German's together, need I remind
you of the line "I thought every German was you."

I also would like to comment on Daddy from Russia's inappropriate babble.
I am from Australia and would just like to say that we have some of the
worlds most intelligent people right here on our doorstep and i'm sorry to
hear that your country did, infact, come second in the great arms race
against America after WWII. Also, please keep your comments concerning
Cancer and other incurable diseases to a disease forum as it is
disgustingly inappropriate and inconsiderate. My grandfather and mother
have both recently died from Cancer and let me tell you also that i am next
in line and am insulted by your callis attitude.

Rachel from Australia
Comment 34 of 140, added on May 27th, 2005 at 9:48 PM.

As an immense fan of plath's work,
having read it some number of times, i have to say that reading all poems
once, is simply not enough.
everytime read her poems seem to express more depth,
thing you may not have picked up reading one for the first time around.
daddy is one of my all time favrate poems ever!
as a child my own mother suffured from depression also, so i know of such
things first hand, or second as it were.
i thing, though the poems speak of her betreyal by husban Ted Hughes and is
also about her invarable relationship with her late father, it is also
about her mothers betreyal and adultry expireance. this is very subtle and
may well be seeing to much into things. though if you are so inclined to
look into it, towards the end of the poem, the line (they always knew it
was you) i thing speaks this subtle and not often acknowelaged issue.


jamie mcginlay from Australia
Comment 33 of 140, added on May 27th, 2005 at 9:03 PM.

If the poem has one quality it is the ability to elude an easy
interpretation. I would argue that "daddy" was to Sylvia Plath less a real
being and much more a metaphor that she uses to rage against all the subtle
ways the past can constrain our experience of the present.

Mjaye Mazwi from United States
Comment 32 of 140, added on May 23rd, 2005 at 2:37 PM.

Her father is the reason why she found Hughes. She knows that the other men
in her past could and would not live up to the mythological archetype that
her father created in her head, so because of this she hates him.

Jupiter Jonze from United States
Comment 31 of 140, added on May 8th, 2005 at 2:26 PM.

This poem is really sad. She had such a hard time with her Dad and he died
when she was 10. And she hated him sol much and compared him to Hitler, the
Devil and a vampire that is horrible! and then she tried to kill herself at
20 years old and was only stuck together with glue in a way. She also met a
guy that reminded her of her dad so she married him and lived with him for
7 years which is really sad. Her dad must have been a horrible man

Blondie from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Daddy
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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