SylviaPlath’s poem “Daddy” is a poem that presents both love and hatetowards a father figure. The title shows that the writer is stillheld back by her childhood past since she insists on calling herfather daddy as if to suggest that she was still young at heart. Thelove is evident since the writer clearly presents the father as aGod “a bag full of God”. It also shows that the writer wascraving her father’s love. The hate however, is evident from thefact that she presents her father as being dominant. Since her fatherdies when she was a young girl, at only ten years old, she feels thather childhood was not normal. She is left stack to the memory of herfather and she hates herself for that. She feels that she has tobreak away from this domination “Daddy I have to kill you/You diedbut I have time”.
Thepoem uses a lot of imagery, the writer wrestles with her feelings ofneeding a father and that of letting the anger dominate her life. Theimagery used in the work is of importance because the imagery helpssin stressing the emotions that the narrator has gone through. Shethinks that the solution is to get married to a man with the samedominating traits as those of her father. She allows herself to bedominated by her husband and she then leaves him after seven years.The act of leaving her husband is a way of the narrator trying toresolve the conflicting emotions she goes through the poem indicatesthis in “So daddy, I’m finally through” (68).