“Daddy” is a poem by Sylvia Plath that was first published in her posthumous volume, Ariel (1965). Plath wrote the controversial poem in 1962, during the furiously productive period that preceded her death by suicide in February 1963. A prime example of “confessional poetry,” it conveys the intensity of Plath’s feelings about her deceased father, and her memory of his brutishness. This intensity indicates an unprocessed and unhealed trauma that continues to cause torment.


Begin your study of “Daddy” with an Overview of its contents and key ideas.


Read an in-depth analysis of the speaker in “Daddy.”

Literary Devices

Here's where to find everything you will need to fully analyze “Daddy.”


Read the most important quotes from “Daddy” and their explanations.

Deeper Study

Increase your understanding of “Daddy” by learning more about Sylvia Plath, the poem's literary and historical context about confessional poetry and the feminist critique of patriarchy, and other literary works on SparkNotes that are related to it.