Has anyone studied the poem "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath ?

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I would be grateful if anyone has any notes or analysis about the poem daddy. By the way this poem is great ! (AQA Board)

Posted Sun 1st April, 2012 @ 16:18 by ? Secret - Team GR

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No worries. Thanks for your honesty... and for telling me what you remember :) x

Answered Mon 2nd April, 2012 @ 18:07 by ? Secret - Team GR
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The extended metaphor in stanza one of the black show represents living with her father as restrictive just like living in a show.

Plath uses omanatopeia to reflect her stuttering and this suggests to us that she cannot face talking to her father. The repetition of jews represent the rejection she is feeling. Also she tells us her father is a nazi reflecting the power he has over her nazi vs. jew. Plath feels ambiguity of life, her father and men. There is also lots of repetition, similies, dark colours - grey, red and black perhaps to represent how she feels. Also Plath wrote "Every women adores a fascist" - This is ironic as despite the way her father has treated she still adores him.

Hope I helped in some way if you have any notes on The Burnt Out Spa by Plath I would be extremely grateful!

Answered Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 16:49 by Sophie Payne
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Thanks for the help <3 Sorry @ Sophie I haven't studied the poem so I don't really have any notes :(

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 17:55 by ? Secret - Team GR
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Im so sorry, I studied this poem twice after failing the exam the first time around but I burned all my revision notes afterwards.

All I remember is that her dad is German (hence the references throughout the poem) who worked in a concentration camp and that 'Black shoe', near the start, is a reference the the ** (Schutzstaffel).

Answered Mon 2nd April, 2012 @ 16:06 by Kerry