Plath’s “Daddy”


Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” is one of her most famous and anthologized poems. It comes from her posthumous book Ariel which was published in England in 1965 (two years after her suicide) by Faber and Faber (the cover is pictured above).

Below are manuscript pages from Ariel with Plath’s corrections; before choosing the title Ariel and Other Poems, Plath played around with alternatives like The Rival and Other Poems and Daddy and Other Poems. Images are taken from Ariel: The Restored Edition (Harper Perennial, 2004).


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