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Plath’s “Daddy”

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Daddy | Sylvia Plath | "There's a stake in your fat black heart And the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you. They always knew it was you. Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through."

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from Principles of Literary Study: Poetry

Plath’s “Daddy”

Another favorite poem. Part 3 of Plath's "Daddy." Speaking about her poem, Plath stated in a BBC radio reading that it was about "a girl with an Electra complex [whose] father died while she thought he was God. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. 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."

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Poets.net ... Sylvia Plath reading "Daddy" and many others

"Daddy" by Sylvia Plath is a poem about a girl killing her father. It has dark themes that will make students look further into the text. Lexile measure - 470L (1st - 2nd). I disagree with this measure. It's themes are too dark for such a young age. It is best for 11th grade (near grade level).

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