Recovering You: Sylvia Plath's Ariel
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The apostrophe of "Daddy" thus cogently articulates the confusions about mastery that have, it seems, impelled the speaker to utter the poem at all. Apostrophe also intensifies these confusions by setting forth the fiction that Daddy is present despite the speaker's repeated attempts to vanquish him. In this way, the poem's apostrophe both elaborates and resists its argument. And the poem's thematics explore but also undermine the implications of its apostrophe. Such dynamics end up intensifYing the poem's central struggle.