Daddy
Daddy
by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Playful Violence

Plath sometimes uses such playful language, rhythm, and rhyme that you'd think you were reading a nursery rhyme. But don't be tricked – her singsong writing is not about nursery rhyme topics, but about life, death, femininity, and depression – serious, tragic matters. Plath's not afraid to tackle disturbing topics, and the playfulness of her language makes the often-violent images in her poetry more shocking.

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