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Analysis and comments on Daddy by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 69 of 139, 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 139, 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 139, 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 139, 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
Comment 65 of 139, added on September 11th, 2008 at 10:13 AM.

Why are you breaking the most important rule of reading poetry? Even if
there are direct references and correlation to Plath's real life. YOU CAN
NOT ASSUME THE POEM IS ABOUT HER.You should refer to the PERSONA !!!

A GIRL from United Kingdom
Comment 64 of 139, added on March 23rd, 2008 at 11:04 AM.

An other possibility is that she is representing herself by the colour
white. Just like her father is described in the colour black. The contrast.

Comment 63 of 139, added on January 14th, 2008 at 11:49 PM.

Eva, you asked about this line?
"The snows of the Tyrol, the cler beer of Vienna
Are not very pure, or true"

I actually just spent a lot of time researching what this refers to. Before
WWII, the breweries of Vienna were all owned and ran by Jewish people.
However, when the Nazi occupation began, these breweries were taken away
and put under German management, forcing the Jews from their businesses.

I am not completely sure if this is what Plath is referring to, but it is
the only logical explanation I can make out of these lines.

I hope I helped :)

Michelle from United States
Comment 62 of 139, added on January 9th, 2008 at 6:52 PM.

Why must everyone insist that this poem is about Plath's life? Whether or
not it is indeed true, we as readers can only assume that the speaker isn't
the author, but rather a persona created to tell a story. Isn't it always
the first rule to never say the poet is the speaker?

Michelle from United States
Comment 61 of 139, added on January 5th, 2008 at 4:19 PM.

when talking to a child, the frequency and tone of your voice changes in
pattern into a more soothing sound, In Sylvia Plath's "Daddy", the rhyming
sound of (ooh) gives it a melody or lullabye sound. there is a childish
tone in the poem; she does refer to her father as daddy :) (which is kinda


when she refers to the shoe. she could be refering to the nursery rhyme of
the old woman who lived in a shoe :)

when she speaks of a vampyre (the correct way to spell it.. duh!) that has
sucked on her blood for 7 years she is refering to Ted who was married with
her for seven years. The one year, was when he was not being loyal to her
and was being a lil manwhore :) (yupyup guys can be bigger sluts than

Frisco seal?? well im not sure what she means by that
but there are alot of really BIG kute gray seals in san fransisco =)

the last stanzas could be refferring to the American Witch Trials
kinda like in Salem


well these are some krazy ideas of mine
but i do need help interpreting so if someone is willing to help me just
email me

thanx :)

sexy latina yvonne from United States
Comment 60 of 139, added on January 4th, 2008 at 3:17 PM.

I understand the whole poem except de lines where she say:

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

What does this mean? Does it symbolise her mother from Austria? Tyrol is an
alpine region in Austria, and Vienna the capital. This idiotic symbolism is
the only one i can imagine. Someone here who have understood those


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