Anger and Pain in Sylvia Plath's "Daddy" Poem Review by scribbler

Anger and Pain in Sylvia Plath's "Daddy"
An analysis of Sylvia Plath's emotions towards her father's death in her poem, "Daddy".
# 153094 | 1,059 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Literature (Poetry)

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The paper discusses how Sylvia Plath used her art as a vehicle to deal with the troubles of life and examines how her poem, "Daddy", deals with issues of death and anger toward a parent for sudden death. The paper shows how through powerful imagery, Plath creates an outlet for her emotion, allowing readers to step into her world and feel her pain. Furthermore, the paper highlights how "Daddy" encapsulates the entire gamut of emotions children feel for their parents.

From the Paper:

"Death always brings pain and the speaker of "Daddy" suffers from losing her father. Attempting to find a way to cope brings the speaker to deal with an onslaught of emotions. As we might guess, these emotions are complex and varied, ranging from anger to sadness. Her intense emotions demonstrate the difficulty of dealing with death. Knowing that the poet speaks from the mind of a young child, when her father died, we can understand the intensity of love and hate layered throughout the poem. The poet takes an interesting turn in the poem by using the metaphors of Nazi Germany and Jews to make her points. She writes:
I thought every German was you.
And the language obscene
An engine, an engine
Chuffing me off like a Jew. (Plath 29-32)
"In these lines we see a typical love/hate relationship. The poet loves her father but she hates him for leaving her at a young age. This particular imagery works because it reveals the depth of emotion she is feeling. We find a daughter attempting to bury her father while trying to keep the memory of him alive not just for that day but for the rest of her life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • J. D. McClathchy. Contemporary American Poetry. New York: Vintage Books. 1990. Print.
  • Plath, Sylvia.Daddy." The Collected Poems. New York: Harper and Row Publishers. 1981. Print.
  • Schmidt, Michael. The Lives of the Poets. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1999. Print.

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