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The Autobiographical Poem “Daddy” By Sylvia Plath

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“Daddy” is considered to be one of the famous poems written by Sylvia Plath. She wrote it during her final months of her life. “Daddy” could be interpreted in many different ways because of the way Sylvia Platt consistently changed her thoughts throughout the poem. She was born in October 27, 1932. Sylvia Plath was a gifted and troubled poet, known for the confessional style of her work. Her father, Otto Plath, was an entomologist and was professor of biology and German at Boston University. He died when she was eight year old due to untreated diabetes. She married Ted Hughes in 1956, and had two children. After Hughes left her for another woman in 1962, she was left with feelings of grief, ...view middle of the document...

From this it follows that she herself lacks roots. She speaks not just of never having been able to talk to him, but when she did try, she says, her tongue got stuck in her jaw, ‘a barb wire snare’,” he says.
At the same time, she also had a mixed feeling toward her father. According to Lisa Sewell, a critics of “Daddy”, “The poem rehearses Plath's unresolved feelings about her father, who died when she was only eight, through a speaker who attempts to exorcise ritualistically the father's malevolent and domineering spirit: "Daddy, I have had to kill you." She converted her father into a few monstrous figures such as “Nazi”, “Vampire”, and “Devil”. She also says that her husband is a resurrection of her father by saying in the poem “I made a model of you, / [a] man in black with a Meinkampf look.” Meinkampf is an autobiographical manisfesto by Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany.
“If I've killed one man, I've killed two--
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know.
Daddy, you can lie back now” (632).

According to Bloom Harold, “The poem is written just after Plath split...

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