Sylvia Plath is most known for her tortured soul. By the time she took her life at the age of 30, Plath already had a following in the literary community.
Stanza 1 . When Plath was four years old, her father Otto, a professor of German and biology at Boston University, became ill with what he would later find out was diabetes.By the time he sought medical care four years later, it was too late. In order to love a man you must be masochistic.Lines 51-55: You stand at the blackboard, daddy, In the picture I have of you, A cleft in your chin instead of your foot But no less a devil for that, no not Any less the black man whoNow, she's calling her father a devil. Plath's father acts as a tyrannic Nazi while he treats Plath as an inferior Jew. Daddy is a poem with extreme imagery and can shock some readers. Daddy was written on October 12, 1962, shortly before her death, and published posthumously in Ariel in 1965. We get an image of how big he is in her eyes via the heavy, cold corpse so large that it spans the US, his toes in the San Francisco Bay...Lines 11-15: And a head in the freakish Atlantic Where it pours bean green over blue In the waters off beautiful Nauset. Lines 61-65: But they pulled me out of the sack, And they stuck me together with glue. I made a model of you, A man in black with a Meinkampf lookShe's so desperate to be with him that even his bones will do. Perhaps that is why readers identify with her works of poetry so well, such as ‘Daddy’.She has an uncanny ability to give meaningful words to some of the most inexpressible emotions. November 4, 2016 by Pritesh Chakraborty.