Daddy by Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath wrote "Daddy  just four months before her death by suicide in February 1963. In the months, before she took her life she wrote two to three poems per day in a frenzy to purge her system of the chaos of her thoughts and emotions. Daddy is a confessional style of poetry, used by the writer as an outlet for pent up feelings of the love/hate relationship she had with her father and the guilt she experienced from it. (Kehoe, John)

Daddy is a morbid, dark, disturbing poem seemingly narrated by an angry child/adolescent girl. She may well have done this intentionally, because there are things she feels she can get away with saying as a child, which the constraints of adulthood would not allow her to do. In the beginning of the poem she rages against a father she feels has betrayed and abandoned her, "Daddy, I have had to kill you. You died before I had time-". By the end, she transfers that rage to her estranged husband, "If I've killed one man, I've killed two . (Revising Life, pg 48)

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