The Principal of Determinacy is an idea coined by American poet Ronald Johnston in which instead of adding to the poem or changing its form, determinacy calls for the erasure of certain words or phrases in the piece to, in some ways, create an entire new piece of poetry with new meaning but still based around the core fundamentals of the original text. With the deformation of Plath’s Daddy, Johnston’s principals were used to great affect by turning a poem about fear, disgust and contempt for the subject into the speaker almost comparing her father to God. In undoing the piece, the removal of words linking the speakers father to Nazism was key in displaying new themes of affection for the male species: “And your eye, bright blue.” Originally the word “Aryan” lay in this ph...
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...rming and undoing the poem led to further insight into Plath as a writer or leaves us wondering the true meaning of the word? Hatred and bitterness drive much of the poem in the original whilst the undone version relies on love and respect. Although losing much of the initial theme perhaps the new version gains a fresh perspective on how others view the male species as a whole; many women love and adore men, several maybe even revolving their whole lives around pleasing them and the undone poem demonstrates that this is another side to not just daughters but many women as a whole. The deformed text transports the reader to thresholds we have yet to see or experience and the undone version of Plath’s Daddy does exactly that. No longer is it a piece condemning the patriarchal nature of her father, husband and the entire male species but it is now the appraisal of them.
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