this assignment, you will be analyzing the poem “Daddy” by Sylvia
Plath. You will choose a theme from the poem and arguing how the poem’s cadence/rhythm, structure, and figurative language
work to convey that theme. You may choose whatever theme you like, as
long as you can defend it through those three elements of poetry.
Plath’s poem “Daddy” conveys the theme of youth through its
nursery-rhyme-like cadence, choppy structure, and allusions to mythical
this example, the cadence is addressed through “nursery-rhyme-like
cadence.” The structure is addressed through “choppy structure” and the
figurative language is addressed by “allusions to figurative language.”
you may choose any of the types of figurative language we discussed in
this class (irony, metaphor, simile, allusion, juxtaposition, etc.). You
may choose a single type, or a combination, as long as your examples
work to prove the presence of the theme you chose.
must make direct references to the poem in this assignment. Simply
summarizing sections will not be sufficient. Quote the poem in your
essay and separate lines through the use of a forward-slash.
do not do, you do not do/Anymore, black shoe/In which I have lived like
a foot/For thirty years, poor and white,/Barely daring to breathe or
Achoo” (Plath 1-5).
Your essay will utilize three outside sources
that you will find in your own research, and have in-text citations to
go along with those sources. You will have a works cited page at the
end. No websites like wikipedia, dictionary.com, or similar websites
will be accepted. Those are not academic resources and thus not
appropriate for academic work. I recommend you to use online databases
to find your additional sources. Any information that you did not come
up with from your own brain must be cited, or else it is considered
Lastly, this essay is to contain no personal pronouns––no
I, me, my, etc. When stating your opinions, take authority in the paper
and avoid phrases such as “In my opinion”, “I believe”, and other such