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Analysis Of Daddy By Sylvia Plath

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\Analysis of Ode; Intimations of ImmortalityJacinthe BriandENGLISH 124BRyan J. CoxSeptember 15, 2014Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia PlathThis is a dramatic poem that has 16 stanzas with five lines per stanza. The poem has free verse quintains with some internal as well as end rhymes. It was written in October of 1962, only a few months before Plath was found dead after committing suicide (Wagner-Martin and Stevenson). The poem is about a girl expressing her negative emotions towards her father, resulting in a bitter tirade against him and his memory.Plath's father, Otto, is compared to many different figures throughout the poem. He is described as a fascist, a devil, a brute, a German, and a gammadion cross. Most of these images are negative attributes. When she compares him to a German, the image could have a neutral meaning, but in this poem, it is more connected to the Nazis. Plath lived through World War II during the time that her father passed away, according to the Poet ...view middle of the document...

She says she had a hard time talking to her dad. She did not know how to talk to him when she was a child. She did not know how to approach or talk to him because she did not know how he would react. At one point she felt like a Jewish person, talking like a Jew, and having weird luck like one (35). Her comparison to Jews is due to what she has seen happen to them during World Wars II. The Jewish population was brutalized by the Nazis for just being Jewish. Plath felt the same way, brutalized by her father when she was a child, leaving her with sad memories.Plath mentioned that she tried to kill herself when she was only 20 year old (line 58). After her attempt of suicide, she got into a psychiatric hospital to be "put back together" like a piece of puzzle (62). "Her dad bit her heart in two," meaning that he broke her heart in two (56). She felt broken, not only in her heart but also in her mind. She could not think properly, could not breath or accho, meaning she could not relax. When we see her description of her dad as a vampire, she means he was sucking up her life and her energy. He was slowly feeding on her and weakening her, leaving her too weak to live or have strength to live a normal happy life. Later in the poem, she said that she put a stake in the vampire heart, meaning she had put her dad's memory to rest. She tries to leave her past memory behind, accept his death, including what he had done to her, and it's effect upon her. She states, I am moving on. (line..)Plath was obviously very affected by her father during the time that he was alive and present in her life. In one way she missed him, wanting to recover him, but in another way, she resents him for being so hard as a father (14). Her memories of him are mostly negative and dark. It affected her mental health and wellbeing during her life, which only ended with a suicide by the age of 30, a few months after this poem was written (Wagner-Martin and Stevenson).Works CitedWagner-Martin, Linda and Anne Stevenson. Two Views of Plath's Life and Career. 1994. Web. 17 09 2014. <>.Plath, S. "Daddy" Scholes, Robert, et al. Elements of Literature. Don Mill: Oxford University Press, 2010. 592-596. Print.

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