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. This sort of attack is not as much as a hate crime, but more of a way to rid herself of his presence in her life. She started to talk like a Jew and to feel like a Jew in several different ways. In this instance, the swastika is so big it blacks out the entire sky. Despite such a controversial life and saddening end, she has managed to create some phenomenal works, 'Daddy' being one of them.
In Plath's novel The Bell Jar, she has written about how, during the first World War, her mother had been stoned by the other children in her school for speaking German. Plath's marriage to Hughes lasted for seven years, at which time he treated her not very well. She thinks that by dying their spirits or at least their bones will be together. The speaker was unable to move on without acknowledging that her father was, in fact, a brute. At first, her marriage had been euphoric, but after the birth of her two children, life became much harder.
Stanza 14: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes were married, hence the line with I do, I do. With passionate articulation, she verbally turns over her feelings of rage, abandonment, confusion and grief. It is the outpour of a neurotic anger through the channel of creative art, or poetry. The language used, imagery in the language, metaphors, and poetic meter all work together to create these feelings. These lines were criticized by many for their reference to the concentration camps and the horrors that took place, as it is a very graphic and extreme comparison. They can be sent back.
At twenty I tried to die And get back, back, back to you. Then she gradually realizes the oppressing dominance of her father, and compares him to a Nazi, a devil, and a vampire. There are no complicated metaphorical allusions or subtle word-play, the narrator of this poem by Sylvia Plath comes right out with it and names the unspeakable—Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen which not only break any sense of rhyme, but intrude heavily on the subtlety that came before it. The speaker of the poem is nearly 30 years old before she can finally put her demons to rest. She even wrote a novel named The Bell Jar, which is another such acclaimed creation. It then switches over to German with the words 'Ach, du', meaning 'Oh, you'.
Neither its triumph nor its horror is to be taken as the sum total to her intention. Stanza 16: The father's fat black heart is pierced by a wooden stake, just like a vampire, and the villagers are thoroughly happy about it. They always knew it was you. Sylvia Plath herself was complicated, and she struggled with her own personal hardships up until the day she took her own life. Plath weaves together patriarchal figures — a father, Nazis, a vampire, a husband — and then holds them all accountable for history's horrors. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly Jewish. This is why she refers to him as a vampire who drank her blood.
Stanza 6: The use of barb wire snare ratchets up the tension. To further emphasize her fear and distance, she describes him as the Luftwaffe, with a neat mustache and a bright blue Aryan eye. This is most likely in reference to her husband. In truth, Plath was of German origin, not having any Jewish roots. Plath's usage of Holocaust imagery has inspired a plethora of critical attention.
Then the speaker tells us that nobody liked her father either and they danced on his grave because they also saw him to be like that of a vampire, sucking the life out of people and the reason for so much unhappiness. Every so often German is used, reflecting the fact that Plath's father, Otto, was from Germany and must have spoken in this language to Sylvia in her childhood. Thus, he is a mysterious figure who was never a solid presence in her life; she cannot relate to him at all. The neat mustache and the bright blue Aryan eye are the characteristics that were promoted as 'pure Aryan' by Hitler. Lines 48-50 are controversial but probably allude to the fact that powerful despotic males, brutes in boots, often demand the attraction of female victims.
The second line is similar to Plath's life, as her father Otto died when she was eight, from undiagnosed diabetes. It is a beautiful argument that clearly shows that she climbed from total domination by a male to freedom. She continues on this idea saying that if she wanted to, she could ignore these thoughts and let them die. The juxtaposition of innocence and pain emphasizes both. For some women, the struggle is never resolved, others take most of a lifetime.