Confessional poetry was never truly published until the late 1950’s. This type of poetry shocked as it discussed taboo topics. Confessional poets such as Sylvia Plath challenged America’s conservative attitudes. The poets did this by describing their terrible relationships with their fathers or mothers and unmasking America’s true scars. Throughout Sylvia Plath’s short life she has lived through troubled times such WW2 and the great depression; and these experiences would have affected the way that she wrote. Sylvia Plath father’s death when she was only 8 years of age had a dramatic effect on her life; she later expresses her hate for him in a poem titled “Daddy” which was written in 1962.
Thought-out Sylvia’s Poem “Daddy” many poetic techniques are used to convey a message of hatred towards her farther. Through the use of a simile, ‘In which I lived like a foot’. Sylvia Plath suggests that she was trapped or supressed by her farther who she describes as a shoe. The entire poem is, in fact, a metaphor where she describes her father as a monster in different forms. An ongoing metaphor is used though out a few of her lines. This metaphor relates herself as a Jew and her farther a Nazi. She displaces her farther as “a man in black with a meinkampf look”. This is a reference to Hitler and