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"Daddy," by Sylvia Plath

Author: Sylvia Plath

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You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:07PM) : Why does she repeat "you do not do" twice in the same line [Edited]
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 15 2019 9:54AM) : Why did she use repetition in this line and what does it add to the overall poem?
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:53AM) : Why does she say she has lived like a foot?
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Daddy, I have had to kill you.
You died before I had time—
Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,
Ghastly statue with one gray toe
Big as a Frisco seal

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 15 2019 10:21AM) : WHy does she wanna kill her dad?
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:54AM) : Why did she have to kill her father? Also, why does she say have had instead of just have or just had?
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:13PM) : Had time for what? This is a turn because in the previous line she says she had to kill him. Why would she want to kill him but suddenly regrets not having time with her father?
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:15PM) : What is a frisco seal

And a head in the freakish Atlantic
Where it pours bean green over blue
In the waters off beautiful Nauset.
I used to pray to recover you.
Ach, du.

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 01 2019 9:53AM) : Plath uses a lot of Imagery in this stanza to show and describe things. But she gets specific about the waters in the Atlantic.
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:59AM) : Plath uses german phrases throughout the poem
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:16PM) : What does this mean?

In the German tongue, in the Polish town
Scraped flat by the roller
Of wars, wars, wars.
But the name of the town is common.
My Polack friend

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:17PM) : What is she referring to when she says this
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:19PM) : Who is the polish person that she is reffering to and how does that relate to the theme of german language being used

Says there are a dozen or two.
So I never could tell where you
Put your foot, your root,
I never could talk to you.
The tongue stuck in my jaw.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:22PM) : In this paragraph she goes from saying something metaphorical that doesn't make sense in refernce to her father which was "put your foot, your root" to something that could've been real which was "I never could talk to you"
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It stuck in a barb wire snare.
Ich, ich, ich, ich,
I could hardly speak.
I thought every German was you.
And the language obscene

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:57AM) : Why does she write that?
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:24PM) : How does she feel about german people?
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An engine, an engine
Chuffing me off like a Jew.
A Jew to Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen.
I began to talk like a Jew.
I think I may well be a Jew.

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:56AM) : Why is she comparing herself to a Jew and what does she mean that she is talking like one?
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:57AM) : What does she mean by this? What does chuffing mean?
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:24PM) : This is refernce to the halocaust
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 15 2019 9:55AM) : What does chuffing mean and what does chuffing me off like a Jew mean?
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 8:58AM) : There are references to the Holocaust throughout the poem.
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 9:03AM) : She compares herself to a Jew throughout the poem
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:26PM) : If she feels like a jew and her father is referred to as a german then I can infer that she feels like she is being oppressed by her father in the way that germans opressed jewish people

The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna
Are not very pure or true.
With my gipsy ancestress and my weird luck
And my Taroc pack and my Taroc pack
I may be a bit of a Jew.

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 9:00AM) : She keeps referring to herself as a victim of the Holocaust (Jew, Gypsy, etc.) [Edited]
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:28PM) : Now she refers to herself as a gipsy which was in the same grouping as jew's in german eyes [Edited]
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I have always been scared of you,
With your Luftwaffe, your gobbledygoo.
And your neat mustache
And your Aryan eye, bright blue.
Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You—

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 01 2019 9:55AM) : The description of the person in this paragraph is Hitler. Further supports that she is comparing her father to hitler
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:34PM) : This paragraph is a description of hitler that she relates to her father.
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 15 2019 10:21AM) : She must've had a lot of disagreements with her dad.
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Not God but a swastika
So black no sky could squeak through.
Every woman adores a Fascist,
The boot in the face, the brute
Brute heart of a brute like you.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:40PM) : Does this mean that she also adores fascist's or that she is not apart of the demographic that is titled "every woman"
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 9:04AM) : She talks about Hitler and fascists throughout the poem
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:38PM) : Does this mean that she also loves fascist's or that she is not apart of the demographic that she titles "every woman"
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You stand at the blackboard, daddy,
In the picture I have of you,
A cleft in your chin instead of your foot
But no less a devil for that, no not
Any less the black man who

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:42PM) : Why do you have a picture of him if she dislikes him so badly
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Bit my pretty red heart in two.
I was ten when they buried you.
At twenty I tried to die
And get back, back, back to you.
I thought even the bones would do.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:42PM) : Sonething deeply affected her when she was 10 years old
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:43PM) : There is someone that she misses that has passed away. Could it be her father?
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But they pulled me out of the sack,
And they stuck me together with glue.
And then I knew what to do.
I made a model of you,
A man in black with a Meinkampf look

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:44PM) : Another description of hitler. Does she feel like her father is similar to him.
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And a love of the rack and the screw.
And I said I do, I do.
So daddy, I’m finally through.
The black telephone’s off at the root,
The voices just can’t worm through.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:46PM) : In this paragraph she feels better than she did in the previous one.
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If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two—
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know.
Daddy, you can lie back now.

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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:47PM) : Who has she killed. Why did she switch from saying one year to seven years
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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.

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 01 2019 9:56AM) : Plath mentions people's hearts throughout the poem. Mostly either her's or her father's
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 14 2019 2:47PM) : Who are the villagers
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Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (Apr 08 2019 9:05AM) : She mentions her father and her hatred for him throughout the poem
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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 15 2019 9:55AM) : What did her father do to make her compare him to hitler and call him a bastard?
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COLEMAN WILLIAMS (May 15 2019 10:20AM) : Why would she call her daddy a bastard?
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12 October 1962

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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NATHAN SCHACHTER (May 01 2019 9:52AM) : Sylvia Plath keeps comparing herself to a Jew during the Holocaust and her father to Hitler. I think this shows themes of hatred and suffering.
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