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Although these three poems are written by two very different authors they both share a similarity in one aspect they both confess to how the speakers truly look at their fathers The first and second poems Daddy and Happy Fathers Day by Patrick Middleton confess to feelings of regret self-hatred forgiveness and a hidden love However Sylvia Plaths Daddy expresses a morbid hatred and disgust towards the father figure in her poem The confessional voice is evident in all three but a little harder to realize in Happy Fathers Day because it is a narrative poem The poetic devices that occur in these three poems help to let the reader realize the confession taking place in each poemMiddletons Daddy starts off stating the apostrophe to the speakers father which continues throughout the poem The whole poem it seems is a letter to his father answering a letter from his father The first line Concerning your letter in which you plead is how the reader realizes what the poem is and the person who it is addressed to but it also lets the reader in on what his father wrote to him The word plead seems to mean that his father now wants to see his son after all these years of absence and is pleading to be able to see him again The second couplet with my bitterness with my greed includes repetition which is emphasizing the sons bitterness and greed which must be a result of his fathers influence over him The third couplet Youre too late Daddy Dear your pied-piping no longer pipes through my pickled ears includes an allusion to the story of the Pied-piper who whistled a sweet song so that all the rats would follow him to the river and then he drowned them all This allusion means that the son looks at his father as the Pied-piper he has always tried to whistle a sweet song so
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