In making that decision, she recognizes that her friendship was more important to her than subscribing t … o the sorority's exclusive values. The thought is further developed in lines 76-79. The poem's narrator tends to victimize herself throughout, even likening her suffering to that of the Jews in Germany. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly Jewish. It moves from her childhood to her suicide attempt, to Nazi Germany, the suffering of the Jews, to her husband, to finally attaining closure. Plath weaves together patriarchal figures — a father, Nazis, a vampire, a husband — and then holds them all accountable for history's horrors.
Plath adopted highly strained metaphors to describe her psychic state. Through symbols and metaphors S. Tea leaves thwart those who court catastrophe, designing futures where nothing will occur: cross the gypsy's palm and yawning she will still predict no perils left to conquer. Plath not only disturbs previous formal tradition but offers unfamiliar images to create an unsettling tone. All these uses of imagination, language style, metaphors, and imagery used cohesively are what make Daddy such an intriguing and haunting poem, and has made it as popular as it is today. The speaker has achieved her double killing, both father and husband have been dispatched.
Hence, to attain relief, Plath finds it essential to destroy the memory of her father. There'll be no more communication, no voices from the past. They grow, change shape, and become more complex on a cellular level. She had killed him and his vampire that drank her blood for seven years. These elements are employed by Plath in order to intensify the impact on her audience and convey all extreme emotions. One of the leading articles on this topic, written by Al Strangeways, concludes that Plath was using her poetry to understand the connection between history and myth, and to stress the voyeurism that is an implicit part of remembering. The first line symbolizes that the narrator has to bring up the traumatic memories of her father, and then destroy them.
This poem is about pregnancy. Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike I am not cruel, only truthful - The eye of a little god, four-cornered. Her tongue is stuck in her jaw, or in the barbell wires. The use of ich four times shows that Plath would stammer and be very nervous of talking to her father. All women seem to fall in love with men who are cruel. These words are dark, and project a haunting feeling throughout the entire poem. These lines delight in a sense of near anarchic consonantal energy and the enjambment at the beginning of the third line is very effective, the way the word 'of' comes as a nervous jolt, hemmed up against the beginning of the line by that comma.
They are dancing and stamping on you. Her poems are mostly melancholy as she led a haunting life and later commited suicide at a young age … of 30. This poem can also be analyzed from a psychological point of view. The ghastly big statue is the ominous presence of the narrator's father. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyze each other — she has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of it. Though most critics concur that Plath's healthiest relationships in life were with her two children, the poem suggests a deep ambivalence about motherhood. The effect of emotional compassion is reached through imagery, symbolism and wordplay.
She used it willingly and often, but with such grace that only a poet could wield. She often feared that their relationship was poor, and later it turned out that he was being unfaithful. But they pulled me out of the sack, And they stuck me together with glue. The words she chooses bring all the hate out clearly. Line 47 is a great hyperbole, extreme exaggeration, the swastika is another image associated to her father. The narrator now identifies fully with the Jews.
Plath tells us how she feels so confined and entrapped living with her father. She even wrote a novel named The Bell Jar, which is another such acclaimed creation. The juxtaposition of innocence and pain emphasizes both. Also, these historical references, allow her to dramatize her rebellion against her oppressive father. Faces and darkness separate us over and over.
Calling him a ghastly statue with his head in the Atlantic, she describes him as a huge figure. She is a victim trapped in that black tomblike shoe, in the sack that holds the father's bones, and—in a sense—in the train as it chugs along to Auschwitz. . Though the poem uses consistent first person, the ironic effect is that the speaker's individuality is only expressed in terms of the child she carries. One of the aims of the Nazis was to breed out unwanted genetic strains to produce the perfect German, an Aryan. Stanza 11: Perhaps the most personal of stanzas. I was ten when they buried you.