Analysis Of The Poem Daddy

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Sylvia Plath’s jarring poem ‘Daddy’, is not only the exploration of her bitter and tumultuous relationship with her father, husband and perhaps the male species in general but is also a strong expression of resentment against the oppression of women by men and the violence and tyranny men can and have been held accountable for. Within the piece, the speaker creates a figurative image of her father by using metaphors to describe her relationship with him: “Not God but a Swastika” , he is a “… brute” , even likening him to leader of the Nazi Party; Adolf Hitler: “A man in black with a Meinkampf look .” Overall, the text is a telling recount of her hatred towards her father and her husband of “Seven years” and the tolling affect it has had on…show more content…
The playfulness of rhyme makes the texts violence and disturbing metaphors about the speakers father creates an even creepier tone that matches perfectly with the themes of the piece. The abundance and repetition of Oo is almost suffocating and gives a childish tone to the piece, although the subject matter is far from it: oo makes this poem seem more disturbing than a nursery rhyme – it 's not a bedtime story, but a howl in the night. Furthermore, the poem follows a free verse rhyme scheme in which allows Plath to show that perhaps the death of her father and husband has set her free, however, there is still some iambic rhythm that is carried in some sections of the piece. Many critics have argued that the rhyme gives lyricism to the piece, often associated with happiness in terms of poetry: Despite that she uses free verse, the poem has much musicality due to rhyme. It is this nursery rhyme style that gave the idea of a more rigid structure in the undone version of Daddy. Although not as fixed as Sonnet or Haiku form, the erasure of certain words makes the poems form look almost purposeful similar and removes the haunting and disturbing rhyme of the original. Not only does this allow the reader to see that there is love for the speakers father in the undone piece but it also shows the adoration for her father to be more developed than completely removed, like in the 1962 version. The undone poem reverberates hauntingly to Plath’s original work, both having their own distinctive beauty and

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