Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy

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Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy Plath expressed a feminist point of view in her poems, She was not a very radical feminist, but she did show her rage against men in her works. In "Daddy", Plath expresses her feelings about her family, and the prominent male figures in her life: Sylvia Plath's father Otto Emil Plath, and her husband Ted Hughes. The title itself sounds feminine. This poem is divided into two parts. The first part, which lasts from the first to the ninth stanza, is a brief memorandum of Plath's father, and her gradual acceptance of his death. There are many German/Nazi imageries in the poem, which indicate his German origin. In the second part (tenth to eleventh stanzas) Sylvia Plath mixes up her father and husband as one "daddy", and expresses her fear and hatred to the two important men in her life. Besides fear and hatred, this poem also reveals Plath's insecurity in her mind. At the beginning of the poem Plath talks directly to her subject, "You do not do, you do not do/Any more, Black shoe/In which I have lived like a foot/For thirty years, poor and white, /Barely daring to breathe or Achoo." The uselessness of the black shoe is a reference to her father's amputated leg due to undiagnosed diabetes: Years earlier Otto Plath was convinced of his self-diagnosis of lung cancer. He refused to seek medical care due to a lack of efficient treatment at that time. It was later that he decided to go see a doctor for an infection in his foot. His death became a loss that Sylvia Plath would always feel. Foot, the bearer of weight of the body, is a metaphor of the feelings that weighs down Sylvia Plath's mind, being unable to ex... ... middle of paper ... ...rd, I'm through." It remains doubtful if Plath had really got "thorough" her father (or husband.) "Daddy", indeed, is her resentment of being unable to get "through" her fear and idolization of father/husband. It is a record of how her feelings of these two important male figures in her life turn from admiration to hatred and disgust. The poem contains great amount of imageries that can be subjected to various interpretations. Bibliography ============ Sylvia Plath. Ariel. 1st ed. New York: HarperPerennial, 1999 Sylvia Plath. 4 Sep. 2001. The Academy of American Poets. 30 Oct. 2004. Sylvia Plath. Neurotic Poets. 30 Oct. 2004. Short Biography. Sylvia Plath homepage. 30 Oct. 2004.
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