Analysis Of My Papa's Waltz By Theodore Roethke

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Analysis of “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke Since the genesis of the traditional family unit, parents play an immutable and paramount role in the nurturing of their children and successive progenies. Universally, in most societies, it is widely acknowledged that the father is the figurehead of the family unit. However, the role of the father is not cogently defined, especially in the contemporary society, and may vary from one family to another. On the one hand, there are fathers that act as the temporal providers to their children till they grow to adulthood. On the other hand, there are those fathers are actively involved in all details of their child’s development. The dominant and leadership role that the father naturally or culturally assumes engenders a close relationship with the children, particularly the sons’ who perceive them as role models. Through his poem, “My Papas Waltz,” the American poet, Theodore Roethke imaginatively reflects, through a dance, the complex relationship between a father and a child. Often considered by many readers as an intimate and personal reminiscence of his own troubled childhood and the relationship with his father, Theodore’s poem has sparked a lot of interest among researchers, scholars, and readers. All, in an attempt to dissect, interpret and analyze the meaning of its ambiguous and intriguing meaning. “My Papas Waltz paints a vivid picture of the relationship between a father and a child, through the child’s voice. The

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