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Daddy one of Plaths most famous and detailed autobiographical poems was written in the last years of her life and is saturated with suppressed anger and dark imagery The sixteen stanza poem through Plaths use of ambiguous symbolism arguably is bitterly addressing Plaths father who died when she was only eight and her husband Ted Hughes who had broken her pretty red heart in two st12 line 1 The poem is intense with once suppressed emotion setting an aggressive desperate almost psychic tone and is highly concentrated on the theme of death With Plaths application of various techniques including diction imagery enjambment contrast repetition and oxymoron the poem comes across as shocking with the intensity of feeling and the passionate sadness that highlight the suicidal messages conveyed As is pointed out the context of the poem Daddy is that of Plaths husbands affair with another woman Grieved to the point of psychotic anger Plaths use of imagery throughout the piece accentuates the hopeless despair of the speaker at the conflicting male relationships in Plaths life first her father and then husband Any more black shoe In which I have lived like a foot The metaphor of black shoe possibly used to denote a person suggests a stifling image The speaker claims to have lived in that shoe almost as if unwillingly trapped While it suggests a sort of protection the colour imagery of black which is a recurring motif in the poem connotes to negativity death even decaying This could further be interpreted to suggest that Plaths own voice is accusing her father of having trapped her by his sudden death she is almost disclosing her great weakness before him even after his death and again returns to the initial idea of conflict and confusion It has been argued that Plath in making a feministic stance accusing the male domination in her relationship with her father and unable to break it she
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