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Comment 38 of 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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.
Comment 34 of 98, 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.
Comment 33 of 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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
Comment 30 of 98, added on May 5th, 2005 at 10:48 PM.
most likely-though we can never be certain unless she comes back from the
grave-plath is first referring to her father in the poem and then hughes
who she believed was an impersonation, clone of her daddy
Kerri from United States
Comment 29 of 98, added on April 17th, 2005 at 3:26 PM.
i think that if the poem is to be about both Ted and her father, that they
must have something in common. Did Ted have German ancestry or have
something else in common with Otto?
Overall, i think the poem is about her father, hence the title of the
poem..i really enjoyed this poem, just like im enjoying her other works
from United States
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