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Daddy VS Papa - In the two poems "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath and "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke the father is the main subject.

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Daddy VS Papa In the two poems "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath and "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke the father is the main subject. "Daddy" is set in a hatred tone, while "My Papa's Waltz" is humorous. Sylvia Plath seems to be letting out anger towards her father while Theodore Roethke is setting a tone only he can understand. The little boy in "My Papa's Waltz" does not resent his father in anyway. While "Daddy", shows Sylvia as hating her father for what he did. In "My Papa's Waltz", Theodore Roethke seems to have been manhandled as a child. While Sylvia Plath in "Daddy" was never physically harmed but emotionally. Written in the 1960's "Daddy" seems to have taken place in the 40's. As a child Sylvia Plath grew up to think of her father as God. ...read more.


Plath confesses that, after failing to escape her predicament through attempted suicide, she married a surrogate father, "a man in black with a Meinkampf look" who willingly was just as much a vampire of her spirit, one who "drank my blood for a year, / Seven years, if you want to know." Turns out she was married to the poet Ted Hughes for seven years. The only thing "Daddy" and "My Papa's Waltz" have in common is the fact that they are both aimed at fathers. When I first read My Papa's Waltz, I believed that the poem was about a child being abused by his father. I read the words battered, scraped, and could tell that the father had been drinking. It was sad to read. I then realized that this poem was not sad at all. ...read more.


This tone leads the reader to believe the ritual of the dance was pleasurable to father and son. The two poems are extremely different yet similar in a way. "Daddy" is in a hateful tone. Plath is not only angry towards her father but all men. Roethke in "My Papa's Waltz" is not angry at his father at the least. He loves his father so much he will not let go. Plath's father seems to have been very domineering to her. He was a very strong man who believed in discipline. Plath also seems to have married a man that was the same way. She then grew old to hate men. These two poems are similar the first time read. Once you get into the poetry with background checks and start reading between the lines more comes to surface. The two poems become completely different the more you look inside them. ...read more.

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