Metaphors In Sylvia Plath's Daddy

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The poem “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath, is based on what the author really experienced with her father. The author does not have a good memory about her father and hate her father severely. To express her feeling about her father, the author uses different kinds of sound devices, and metaphors and similes. Through these elements, this poem contains different themes. In this poem, the author uses several examples of metaphors and similes to express her father and herself. The author said, “which I have lived like a foot or thirty years, poor and white, Barely daring to breathe or Achoo” (Plath 3-4). She indicated that her life was poor and unhappy, scared with her father during thirty years. The author used several examples to express how her

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