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Some psychologists say that we all have a love-hate relationship with our parents It seems I can relate to this claim very well I feel like I am in a constant battle with my feelings for my parents One minute I am happy with them and then in a flash I can become so upset or angry with them This so called love-hate relationship seems to become evident in Lucille Cliftons poem forgiving my father as well as Sylvia Plaths poem Daddy In both poems the authors change their tones from affectionate and angry toward their diseased fathers Cliftons choice of harsh diction towards the narrators father illustrates the hatred she has She describes her father throughout the poem as an old man old lecher old liar old pauper old prisoner and old dead man5 9 20 The repetition of the word old could be in concordance with one of the meanings in Websters New World Dictionary which is shabby This definition could actually be a symbol of the narrators repugnance towards the father Only once does Clifton soften to daddy20 At first it seemed that Plaths tone is affectionate towards the father First by the nursery rhyme rhythm Plath uses Using this type of sound leads one to believe that she is loving towards her father The reader sees that she names her poem a very tender Daddy She also addresses him as Daddy before resorting to titling her father vicious names such as Ach duO You and Panzer man6 15 45 Moreover she calls him Daddy four more times before dubbing him with the conclusion of you bastard51 75 80 One can see there is reason to believe that a love-hate relationship is present in both of these poems However could it be possible that this change in tone between affection and anger is really a way of permanently putting their fathers images to rest Plath ends her poem by stating DaddyIm
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