Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy,” shows the victimization of the speaker as she tries to pull away from her father’s force that is haunting her. Plath crafts her text with very vivid imagery and metaphors pertaining to the Holocaust. The poem repeats in 5-line stanzas with a meter and rhyme scheme. This resembles the structure of a nursery rhyme. The poem is written in first person and the speaker is a girl who is a daughter. The poem deals with a girl’s strong attachment to her father who has passed away. This has caused her a lot of sadness in her life. The speaker struggles throughout the poem to be “through,” with her father even though he is always on her mind. The poem’s structure and form creates a psychological control in the poem and exposes the struggle and victimization that the speaker feels. Roger Platizky published a review in Explicator in 1997 that exposes the effect the poem’s structure has. The image of victimization occurs throughout the poem through the structure, word usage, and use of metaphors. This can be seen by the word usage of “Nazis, swastikas, barbed wire, fascists, brutes, devils, and vampires” (Platizky 1). Roger Platizky explains that the use of these words are very frantic, imposing, and vituperative which makes it seem more out of control then it really is (1). Plath’s use of end-stopped lines in certain spots alludes to the speaker giving and taking control of her thoughts. Of the 80 lines, 37 of them are end-stopped, which is unlike the patterns of images which keep piling up one after another (1). The stanzas that have the most end-stopped lines such as these lines 7, 14, and 16, “You died before I had time/I used to pray to recover you/In the German tongue, in the Polish town” (Plath). Lines 7, 14, and 16 are alluding to negative things such as torturers, concentration camps, and vampires (1). Platizky explains that the stanzas with the least such as lines 1, “You do not do, you do not do,” and line 11 “And a head in the freaking Atlantic,” that they “characteristically show more ambivalence toward victimization. In effect, the speaker takes away some of the power of her alleged tormenters by end stopping their lines” (1). This is also seen by Plath’s use of enjambment, which relaxes the force of masculine rhymes that end most of her stanzas. Plath’s use of structure exposes the sadness and confliction towards the speaker’s father. “Daddy,” serves as a type of confession and examination of the speaker’s father’s influence on her. The speaker explains the different things that her father was to her. The speaker refers to herself as a foot and her father as a black shoe in which she has lived for so long in the lines: “Any more, black shoe/In which I have lived like a foot/For thirty years, poor and white” (Plath). This exposes that her father was someone who she relied on and someone who protected her and that she felt protected by even though he is no longer living. The speaker felt protected in his memory even though it was consuming her. Throughout the poem she struggles with letting him go even though she knows she needs too. The speaker also refers to her father as being God-like. Even after he…
and display fragile objects or to establish a vacuum or a controlled atmosphere in scientific
experiments. After reading the novel I looked up the title of the book because I was unsure of
what a bell jar actually was and the definition made a lot of sense to me. Sylvia Plath had dealt
with depression for most of her life and I think for her, writing this book helped her to reflect on
herself and her life so that she was able to move on. The main theme of this book is that in order
to stay sane in this world, you must not let fears…
I strongly agree with this statement Plath is a magnificent, but proudly poignant poet. It is hard to forget that she suffered from severe depression and took her own life, when reading her poetry. It is saturated with pain and sorrow. But what makes her a great poet is the way her subject matter is not only profoundly explored but also beautifully framed in vivid complex images. The best poems to illustrate this are "Finisterre," "Black Rook in Rainy Weather," "Child," "Morning Song" and "Poppies…
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The mind is a complicated and sometimes tortured object. Such is the case with Sylvia Plath was an intricate person, as are most artists who use their life experiences for inspiration. She wrote with feeling and heart. Many of her work showed a deep understanding of her emotions and state of mind. Ms. Plath has become more famous after her…
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Sylvia Remenzel Vs. Madame Loisel
In “The Lie” by Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Remenzel is the wife of Dr. Remenzel and the mother of Eli Remenzel. Madame Loisel from “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant is the wife of Mr. Loisel, a devoted husband that will do anything to make his wife happy. Throughout these stories Sylvia and Madame Loisel are described as, obsessed with a wealthy lifestyle, the feeling that they deserve things, and having jaded ethics.
Sylvia and Madame Loisel both…
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Sylvia Plath is renowned as one of the most powerful American poets of the
postwar period with her famous literature that is expressed with pure honesty as in frustration, quiet despair. She exhibits the connection of anxiety with the psychological meltdown of Esther in The Bell Jar. In several poems, Sylvia uses examples from the holocaust; Nazis and Jews alike with historical and mythic allusions to give depth and immediacy to her psychic
distress. Sylvia contributed not only…
convey the pain and suffering of this person. The poem “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath does exactly
this and is written about her abusive father who had died when she was eight years old (Sylvia
Plath). “Daddy” represents Plath’s personal struggles with her father using metaphors, imagery,
word choice, and even real occurrences in her life, and ultimately overcomes these struggles by
addressing her abuser and declaring that she has had enough.
Plath uses metaphors and imagery to represent the controlling and abusive…
period it was created.
Sylvia Plath’s Daddy and The Applicant is an embodiment of the 1950’s war paradigm. Her confessional style of poetry displays an intensified questioning of life with a strong sense of fatalism. Plath’s poetry subverts traditional conventions, criticising aspects of her society like the portrayal of women, gender ideals and traditional family. Focusing on Daddy and The Applicant, Plath explores these themes through countless techniques.
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The morning song
‘Morning song’ by Sylvia Plath describes the birth, early stages of childhood and the sentimental value of a child in a very unique way. This poem was wrote from Sylvia Plath’s own experience of child birth, it can also be related to by parents, it could be thought it is aimed mainly at females as this poem is quite feminine. This eighteen line lyrics is structured in 3 line stanzas which are called tersest. It is a tender poem and the overall tone of it is quite mellow.