Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Sylvia Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, even though the two later split. Plath published her first poem at the age of eight and she committed her first attempt to suicide at age ten. However, beneath the surface of her seeming perfect there were some grave depressions, some which probably were caused by the death of her father, when she was eight. In the poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath Sylvia began to explain her father’s physical features and occupational stance. “ 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”.
In “Daddy” Plath is trying to get rid of the memory of her father. She has feelings of being haunted by the spirits of her father. He died when she was only ten years old. The year was 1943, the middle of World War II. He was Austrian, and much of Plath’s2 work is a pastiche of references to the war and the Holocaust Plath’s mother was no help. She seemed cold and uncommunicative to me, a woman who was more concerned with what others would think of her and her daughter. She did seek psychiatric help for Plath, but she continued to want Plath to be a good girl and not embarrass her. She feels she married a man much like her father in an attempt to replace her father in her life because she lost him too soon. In 1956, Sylvia Plath meets her future husband, Ted Hughes, at a party in Cambridge, UK. The two poets fell in love at first sight and married four months later. Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were husband and wife; they were also two of the most remarkable poets of the twentieth century. Ted Hughes book of poems Birthday letters in relation to the idea of memory, feelings, and relationships represented in events, personalities and situations. His poem “sam” conflicts with Sylvia Plath’s poem “Whiteness I remember”, While Hughes’ other poem Fulbright...
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