Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy Essay

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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…show more content…
The third line of the second stanza reveals Sylvia Plath's admiration of her father as a god-she is a daughter who still thinks her father as an all-powerful, omnipotent, godlike figure. The gray toe is the second reference to his father's amputation-his right toe turned black from gangrene, a complication of diabetes. The third stanza "And a head in the freakish Atlantic/Where it pours bean green over blue/In the waters off beautiful Nauset. /I used to pray to recover you. Ach, du." The Atlantic can be an implication of his father's immigrant status, he emigrated from Germany, crossing the Atlantic ocean, to the United States. Nauset is a Massachusetts beach: after his father's death, Sylvia Plath's family moved from Winthrop, a Massachusetts seaside town near Boston, to inland Wellesley. If we read from line 8 to line 13 as one sentence we can see a colossus stretching across America from the Atlantic to the Pacific. "Marble-heavy, a bag full of God, /Ghastly statue with one grey toe/Big as a Frisco seal//And a head in the freakish Atlantic/Where it pours bean green over blue/In the water off beautiful Nauset." "Ach, du" is German, which means "ah, you." It is the first reference to her father's German origin in the poem. Plath digs deeper
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