"Daddy" is a well-known poem in the genre of "confessional poetry" written by one of the genre's most famous poets, Sylvia Plath. This poem also reflects Plath's connection with her father. Plath's father, "Otto Plath," died when she was just eight years old. He was a successful artist who traveled a lot for his work and left Sylvia and her mother when she was very young.
In this poem, Plath tells us about her relationship with her father. She says that he had many girlfriends but that he always came back to her. Even though they had their problems Plath still loved him and wants him to be happy.
Here are some lines from this beautiful poem: "Daddy / what is truth? / it's not something / you can touch / or see / it's within everyone / and some people have it / some don't."
Sylvia Plath was only 30 years old when she killed herself. But we will always remember her as a great poet and writer because of poems like "Daddy".
Poem of confession "Daddy," a confessional poetry by Sylvia Plath, is a troubling poem about a woman's connection with two men: her father and her husband. It was written in February 1963, when Plath was 24 years old.
In the poem, Plath describes her relationship with her father as that of a daughter to a loving but overbearing parent. She also reveals details about her marriage to English poet Ted Hughes that many people didn't know at the time of their wedding in August 1956. For example, she admits that he is not who he appears to be based on his public image, saying that behind his "angel face" there is "no kindness in him."
By describing her father as an "angry man," Plath is not trying to justify his behavior but rather express how much it hurts her even after all these years. She writes: "The anger's still there / deep inside him like cancer / I can never get rid of it / even though I've tried."
Plath's father was extremely critical of her writing career from the beginning, refusing to believe that a woman could be successful as a poet. When she sent some poems to her local newspaper, The Cambridge Daily Herald, her father stopped her from further publishing her work.
Sylvia Plath's poem 'Daddy' depicts the poet's personal feelings towards her father via passionate, and often painful, analogies. The speaker opens the poem by describing her father in a variety of startling ways. He is a "black shoe" (she was locked within), a vampire, a fascist, and a Nazi all at the same time. Later in the poem, she will compare him to an abusive husband, but even so, these are not descriptions of someone easily replaced.
The speaker goes on to say that she does not mean to insult her father when she calls him these names, but they are accurate descriptions of the person before her. She knows he cannot help being what he is, and so she tries not to take it seriously, but it is difficult not to take certain things seriously when you are talking about them everyday for as long as the speaker has done.
At first, the speaker seems to feel guilty for calling her father these terrible things, but as the poem progresses, we learn that she feels no remorse for doing so. She uses many comparisons in order to express how she feels about her father. For example, she says he is like "an abusive husband who hits you with his hand," but then follows this up by saying he is also like "a mountain range or a desert."
It can be inferred from these comparisons that the speaker does not love her father, but instead feels only pity for him.