"My Papa 's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke is an interesting poem that begins with complexity. Theodore Roethke implicates the aspects of his childhood experience in this poem. This poem is immersed in metaphors, symbolism, and imagery that can overwhelm the readers with vagueness and doubts. Upon this poem 's interpretation, some people consider this poem as a parental abuse and some people see it as a son 's cheerful memory of an evening dancing with his father. The metaphors, symbols, and tone of this poem bring the impression of a child 's unconditional love for his abusive father.
Sometimes it can be difficult for sons to understand the lessons that fathers teach to them, leading to a disconnect between the two. This is the case for the son and his father in David Bottoms’ “Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt.” As a child, the speaker lacks appreciation for his father, yet nevertheless they share a common love. As an adult, reminiscing on his baseball experiences with his father, the son through his retrospective point of view now appreciates his father for all his father did. This poem employs diction and varying points of view to emphasize the lack of understanding between the two characters, while symbols and figurative comparisons express their mutual love; this poem analyzes the loving, yet dysfunctional relationship
Delivering the reader complete contentment is clearly not a main priority in this poem. Struggle is clearly present in this case where "Such waltzing was not easy"(4). The son "hung on like death” (3) builds a dark, unsettling image in one's mind and creates a feeling of suspense that is hard to ignore. Exultance is obtained in most cases
Heaney seems to have lost his ideal image of his father as a hero as his fantasy breaks, informing the audience of his father’s true state. In ‘Follower,' such exposure is clearly conveyed in the last three lines of the poem, whereby Heaney comments ‘But today it is my father who keeps stumbling behind me, and will not go away.’ His diction ‘stumbling’ makes the audience infer that Heaney now thinks of his father in a slightly negative way, as he is unsteady and weakened by age. This also creates a parallel image with Heaney himself: when he was younger, he ‘stumbled’ and ‘fell sometimes.’ The similarity created between a toddler and his father shows what Heaney sees in his father: someone who is feeble and old.
Huck basically grew up as an orphan, learning everything for himself while his father was busy getting drunk. When his father was around, he often beat Huck and was a bad role model in his life. When he escaped and began to befriend Jim, Jim took on a paternal role for Huck. In chapter nine when the river floods and the house floats by, Jim will not let Huck see the dead man inside. This is one example of how Jim is protective over Huck and tries to preserve his innocence.
A Father’s Affection “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays” describe a character who reflects on their childhood. Although they based on the same theme, the two poems have very different perspectives. “Those Winter Sundays” talks about how the son regrets for not showing his love for his father, when all his actions went unnoticed. “My Papa’s Waltz” reflects on a son 's memory with is father where his danced around the house after the father long day at work. Both poems reflect on how their fathers showed his love for his son, the time spent with their fathers, a maternal conflict, and their relationship with their father.
The attachments were so strong that Victor refers to Jimi Hendrix and his father as “drinking buddies. " His father became wistful and dependent on alcohol after him and Victor’s mother’s marriage started to take a turn for the worse. Victor once stated, “When an Indian marriage starts to fall apart, it’s even more destructive and painful than usual” (52). The failure of his father’s marriage really took a toll on him and didn’t help with the things he had already been through, which resulted in more drinking. Victor once compared his father’s drinking problem to a traditional ceremony and that suggests the importance of drinking in Victor’s dad’s life, especially as a Native American.
Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz” is about a young boy who has to deal with a father who has drinking problems and is violent. The poem reads as almost negative as one starts to notice certain parts of the poem seem to be violent and show the father as almost a drunkard. “My Papa’s Waltz” is about the negative relationship between a father and his son because of the mention of alcohol, the use of the word “waltzing” in the poem, and the father beating the son. The mention of alcohol in the poem is when Roethke writes, “The whiskey on your breath” (line 1).
“My Papa's Waltz”, by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden are the two poems that are somewhat similar and both of these poems are about beloved fathers. Father is the man who is spends time with you and takes care of you. While doing so much for the family he gains the respect and love from the family. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take a flashback at the actions of their fathers. Even though both of these poems propose that their fathers were not perfect, they still love them.
In “My Father’s Love Letters”, the father “asks [his] child to write a letter” as he dictates what to say (line 3). Writing these letters is a way for the speaker and his father to bond. It is one way for the child to learn what love is even though his father is abusive. Although, the child himself may have also been abused, as at one point they sat “in the quiet brutality” (line 19). But, the writing of the letters seems give a powerful sense that the father does somehow love his child as he asks him to write them.
This causes sadness in Harry, leading him to get in a fight with Craig Randall over the snide comments made about the house, "even though I [Harry] agreed with every word. " This exchange shows how Harry must face the challenge of whether to go along with what everyone else says, or defend his family 's honour. Another example of the challenges faced through growing up from childhood to adolescence is of Harry 's classmate Johnny Barlow. Johnny’s family consists of a drunk father and a brother who has ended in jail many times, leading to the people in the town thinking that Johnny himself is, “Good for nothing.” Due to all the gossiping, Johnny feels that he must leave the town temporarily for he feels alone and disconnected.
Plath wants to get away from the psychological grip her father had on her without letting go of the parts of him she still loves. Through Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” we can see the portrayal of a negative father when Roethke says “The whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy; but I hung on like death: such waltzing was not easy”