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"Daddy", A Poem Written By Sylvia Plath.

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Daddy, a poem written by Sylvia Plath, describes her true feelings about herdeceased father. Throughout the poem, I found many instances that illustrate a greatfeeling of hatred toward the author's father. She begins by expressing her fears of herfather and how he treated her. Subsequently she conveys her outlook on the wars beingfought in Germany. She continues by explaining her life since her father and how it hasrelated to him.In the first stanza I realized that Sylvia Plath is scared of her father. It isquite clear that she never spoke up to him to defend herself. In the first line it is apparentthat something is ending. "You do not do, you do not do any more, black shoe," (1-2)this shows that she feels that her father cannot hurt her anymore. Also, she knows thatshe has to let him know how she feels."In which I have lived like a foot for thirty years, poor and white, barely daring tobreathe or achoo," (3-5) this expresses her fear of her father, and illustrates the fact thatshe has remained silent, unable to speak up or even breath any words against him."Daddy, I have had to kill you. You died before I had time--," (6-7) this portrays theextent of her hatred toward him. That she was so appalled by his character that shewould end his life if only she had the strength. But he died before she grew strongenough to stand up to his horrible countenance.The next portion of the poem, "Marble-heavy, a bag full of God, Ghastly statuewith one grey toe big as a Frisco seal," (8-10) shows how large she sees his presence.Comparing him to the weight of marble with the powers of God. However the one greytoe, which was injured, and allowed for sickness to set in, brought him to nothing.Something she had not the power to do, and something as insignificant as a tiny sorecould. The next passage, "And a head in the freakish Atlantic where it pours bean greenover blue, in the waters off beautiful Nauset." (11-13) Describes how Sylvia felt whenshe heard of her fathers' infection in his foot.She thinks of it in a somewhat hideous way that makes her sick. "I used to pray torecover you. Ach, du," (14-15) shows me that she still cared about her father and prayedfor him while he was ill. It is amazing that even though she knew her father didn't carefor her, Sylvia still cared enough for him to worry. But he still didn't care that sheworried. The passage "In the German tongue, in the Polish town scraped flat by the rollerof wars, wars, wars," (16-18) shows the plot of the poem, where everything took place.This also hints on the period in history when this happened, however, it doesn'ttell us exactly. In the following stanza it explains further. "But the name of the town iscommon. My Polack friend says there are a dozen or two. So I never could tell whereyou put your foot, your root, I never could talk to you." (19-24) This tells me that she islooking for where he is from.She doesn't exactly know where he was raised or what his background is becausethere are many towns...

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