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Analysis and comments on Daddy by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 72 of 205, added on November 30th, 2010 at 12:44 PM.

in theis poem she is i think refering to her hate of her father and the way
he was strict but at the same time she could be talking bout the way her
father died when she was young

Eden from United States
Comment 71 of 205, added on November 30th, 2010 at 12:44 PM.

in theis poem she is i think refeering to her hate of her father and the
way he was strict but at the same time she could be talking bout the way
her father died when she was young

Eden from United States
Comment 70 of 205, added on November 16th, 2009 at 8:48 PM.

It is ignorant for one not to assume that the persona Plath refers to in
this poem is herself. This is confessional poetry!! Plath studied Robert
Lowell's work (Lowell even wrote the foreword to the first American edition
of Ariel) and herself acknowledged that the majority of her works were
written to document and attempt to relieve personal trauma. The nature of
confessional poetry often means that the subject matter may be
fictionalised somewhat in order to bend to suit the author's purpose,
however the feelings are not tampered with. With "Daddy" Plath gives the
reader an intimate window into her own head, never altering the intense
feelings of hatred and resentment she feels toward men.

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Comment 69 of 205, added on September 10th, 2009 at 3:17 PM.

Frisco seals are the seals from San Francisco, nearby where her father had
actually worked studying parasites (hence usage of vampires).

Kittiquel from United States
Comment 68 of 205, added on September 10th, 2009 at 3:11 PM.

"Daddy" is obviously alluding to Plath's own life, as it mentions her
hatred for her father dying when she was so young and the matching hatred
for her husband. But if you studied her life, you would understand that her
father actually wasn't cruel, and that the only reason for her to hate him
so much would be that he left her life so early. This loathing is only
connected to her husband because she learns he is cheating on her by
picking up the telephone when his mistress calls ("The voices just can't
worm through"). I believe that the speaker and Plath's life are parallel in
many ways; however, the speaker is a bit more exaggerated.

Kittiquel from United States
Comment 67 of 205, added on May 14th, 2009 at 6:23 AM.

For the people asking, I believe this poem was written maybe a few weeks
before her suicide, but was by no means her last poem.

"The snows of the Tyrol, the cler beer of Vienna
Are not very pure, or true"

I'm confused by this also- my thinking is along the lines that Hitler
appears to be a strict Nazi, but in actual fact was hiding a Jewish
ancestory. Any thoughts? I'm not particularly familiar with any of this.

Sara from United Kingdom
Comment 66 of 205, added on December 7th, 2008 at 7:55 AM.

I believe the poem is about Sylvia being oppressed! The lack of love made
her choices in life not good ones. She was not rich in the love that she
received from her father. She was neglected by her father and afraid of
him! She lived like a foot! Most people wash there feet last! Some take
showers and barely give any attention to their feet! To a small child
parents are like God. I believe if you view your parents like God they
become a big symbol where you can not see what is real. it looks to me
that she tried to injure herself because of the poor relationship with her
father. At the end it seems that she helped herself somehow when she seems
to understand her actions in life were related to her father(the important
but bad man) This is what I see in this powerful poem! When she says I
thought that every German was you! I believe that she was looking for her
daddy in men that reminded her of him in some way! I don't believe this
poem is anti God. Its more like anti worshiping people. I wonder if she
died after this poem. It looks like someones last poem. It looks like the
end almost like someones last words.

Felicita luna

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