Essay On Sylvia Plath And Daddy

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“Can you play me a memory? I’m not really sure how it goes, but it’s sad and it’s sweet, and I knew it complete.” – Billy Joel, Piano Man. Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” reveals anger and sadness. This poem is full of emotions and it is very strong and passionate. Whereas Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” is very hazy and full of descriptions about abuse and alcohol. In this paper I will be comparing and contrasting the two poems as they are in my eyes very similar, yet different.
Sylvia Plath was a high string anxiety angered person and dealt with a lot growing up. Her dad died when she was 10 years old due to diabetes. Having to grow up without a father she tried to fill the place of her father almost by being forced to find a husband that was like her father. Plath wrote the poem “Daddy” about her father about four months before she committed suicide in 1963. Theodore Roethke had a serious bipolar disorder. He along with Plath had difficult times while growing up because like Plath Roethke also grew up with his father. Theodore Roethke’s was 14 years old when his father died due to cancer.
“Daddy” is a dark piece of poetry reality her father to German Nazism and exploring her father’s death. She was also extremely depressed while writing this piece Plath uses the allusion of Nazism throughout the whole poem. In the same area where she strongly uses that allusion she uses onomatopoeias and metaphors. Plath writes “An engine, an engine/ Chuffing me off like a Jew.” She uses the word “chuffing” to mimic the sounds of trains and they drive, it’s a great onomatopoeia because it goes into the next line. When she writes “A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen.” It makes me wonder if she felt like a Jew that was headed to a concentration cam...

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...eaking role of how fathers have the upper hand over everything and back in that time era the abuse is sort of what happened. I found the sense of the boy feeling he played a feminine role in the poem because he was the weaker link and too young to fight for himself. Sadly, that is what happens with females they get too scared to fight back and stand up for the respect that they deserve.
In conclusion of these two pieces “Daddy” and “My Papa’s Waltz” you can see how much thought and true feelings these two amazing authors put into them. “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath was raw and full of emotions of how she felt towards her father. Theodore Roethke also did a terrific job writing “My Papa’s Waltz” this was full of descriptions and really made you feel like you were in his position. Both authors did a great job at executing both pieces and really put all they had into them.
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