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Analysis and comments on Daddy by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 21 of 141, added on January 27th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

Qtto who’s ancestral German name had been Platt was a professor of German
and biology, (his specialty was bees) Otto became ill and was convinced it
was cancer. He refused treatment because of the lack of a cure for cancer.
His illness became so advanced it threatened his life. He discovered he
had diabetes’s and had to have his leg amputated due to gangrene. ( This
directly explains the German thoughts and the one shoe from the beginning
of this poem.) Her living like a foot in this shoe reflects her grief with
his passing. She was 8 years old when he died and obviously felt abandoned
She was also suicidal for a vast majority of her life. As described in the
“Bell Jar”. Her fathers death and life itself became a burden to her. She
references her father and his bees in many poems. This is a huge part of
her angst.
The photo she describes is the only picture of her father she had. ( This
is intensely described in the “Bell Jar”) As is the fact she was not
allowed by her mother to attend the funeral or his gravesite. The poem
then turns to her first suicide attempt which once again the “Bell Jar” is
based upon. She then turns the poem towards Ted. She looked for the
closest thing she could find to her father in a man. Someone to fill the
grieving void. She trusted this would last forever. Although, she feared
it would not. Abandonment seemed her greatest fear. She sowed this at
times with jealousy. Sylvia discovered Ted’s affair with Assia via a
phone call to him that she answered. She recognized the disguised voice on
the other end of the line. This represents the line referring to the black
phone. And the voice trying to worm through. The last lines refer to her
giving up on both burdens I mentioned earlier.
I have an annoying habit of reading various biographies of any writers I
feel fit to do so to. I would recommend the “ Bell Jar” to anyone whom
really admires this writer. I also would recommend looking into her life
further after reading that. At that point all of her writings begin to
make sense in accordance to her own life. Thank you for taking the time
to read my comments.


Lenore from United States
Comment 20 of 141, added on January 26th, 2005 at 6:30 PM.

To those who think this is not about her Dad let me give you some info, her
dad taught German at Boston University, he died from gangrene complications
(his toe turned black look at first stanza), he was born in Poland, and was
of German decent...thus all the Nazi comments...she may not have loved her
husband at this point, but I definately think this poem was about her
father.

Jen from United States
Comment 19 of 141, added on January 3rd, 2005 at 3:48 PM.

Sylvia Plath is my favorite poet. Her poems are so deep and real. She spoke
her mind about things that were really happening to her. "Daddy" speaks to
me in that I understand the feelings of anger that she poured into it. In
the process of accepting her father's death, she felt deserted and alone. I
believe anger is great fuel for writing poetry.

Ashlynn from United States
Comment 18 of 141, added on December 30th, 2004 at 8:50 PM.

I think this poem is about Both her Husband ted and about her Dad,it seems
to say more about her dad but truly a lot more about her husband,its almost
like you have to be in a certain mood and time of your life to understand
the every true meaning of her words,making a connection with your heart and
feelings.The anger and passion in her words touch me so strong...I have
been absolutely in love w/ her work since the first time I read about her.

Danielle from United States
Comment 17 of 141, added on December 20th, 2004 at 8:42 AM.

wellthe poem is masterly sewed and the important aspecyt abt this is that
it is abt *HITLER the great* and her deep emotional attachement with her
father.so a sweet gal /boy can understand this if really he had been loved
. if u r one u can get it

mani from India
Comment 16 of 141, added on December 11th, 2004 at 9:30 PM.

Personally after reading critics on several of her poems it about not only
her father Otto but also about her husband who left her for a younger girl
when it sayd 7 years, she was married to her husband for 7 years for some
reason she feels the need to make herself older when her father dies he
died when she was 8 not 10 when she was 20 she tries to comment suicide
thats why that part is in there and the vampire is her husband, she wants
to let go of him but can't until she said she was through, she never really
gets over him though((((i don't belive this poems about anger, stress, but
more about hopelesses ness and abandement from the men in her life, they
controlled her future not the other way around))))

Taylor from United States
Comment 15 of 141, added on December 3rd, 2004 at 12:35 PM.

this poem is good but it is crazy!!!!

Stacy from United States
Comment 14 of 141, added on November 18th, 2004 at 6:12 AM.

Daddy is neither soley concerned with Otto (Sylvia's father) nor Ted but
rather a combination of both. This is particularly evident in the twelfth
and fifteenth stanzas where she slips freely between discussing the two-
thus showing her perception of both of the predominant male influences in
her life as being one and the same. An example of this point is when the
speaker declares,
"I made a model of you,
A man in black with a Meinkampf look"
Here she implies that she deliberately sought a husband to reflect the
memory of her father and replace his presence in her life. As such although
much of the poem may superfluously seem concerned with simple slander of
her father's persona it is much deeper than this, as the psychoanalytic
imago of her Daddy shows, and it is an amalgamation of both the
psychological archetype of the speaker's memories of him and her own
psychic oppression.

Laila from United Kingdom
Comment 13 of 141, added on November 16th, 2004 at 8:46 PM.

i had to do a project on Sylvia Plath and i wasnt very excited at first but
after i read 'daddy' it truely inspired me. i really enjoyed it and
actually understood it. i do believe 'daddy' is about her father and how
she had to deal with a his death. she related the vampire to him as a dead
soul in a human form. her father was an immigrant from Germany so she
called him a Nazi because of his rough and unfair treatment. she called
herself the Jew, being the victim. i think this may be the first poem i can
really ralate to and understand. i thought this truly was a great poem.

Gwen from United States
Comment 12 of 141, added on November 14th, 2004 at 11:01 AM.

i don't think that i have eever read any of Sylvia Plath's poems.

Dannielle Austin 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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