“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.
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. Throughout “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays”, the author’s reflect on how their fathers were hard workers, although each memory is emotionally different. In “My Papa’s Waltz”, Roethke remembers his father coming home from work and his hands “Was battered on one knuckle” (Line 10). Even though the father had a long day at work, the boy recounts him coming home and dancing with him. Whereas “Those Winter Sundays”, Hayden recalls his fathers hard work by describing his “Cracked hands that ached/ From labor in the weekday…” (Line 3;4).
“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden has much significance throughout it, the poem is generally about an adult reflecting back to his childhood having regrets for not appreciating his father's love. Hayden describes a father to son relationship for the reader. This poem can be similar to the quote “ you don’t what you’ve got until it's taking away” Hayden uses imagery, diction, and emotional appeal to make it relatable to the readers. Hayden writes this poem figuratively using imagery to provide the reader with a vivid ideal for example “Blueback cold” shows imagery of how cold those winter Sundays really were, and “Blueblack cold can also be used metaphorically here to describe the bruise on the child heart from the feeling of thinking he was unloved throughout his childhood. All love is shown in a different manner you just have to understand the
Things such as “blueblack cold”(2), and “banked fires blaze”(5), show the sort of exaggeration of the endures his father did for him. The poet’s vivid words help the reader conjure visions in of a hard working father up alone in the cold darkness, all for his child.The poet also uses more figurative language, like
From the looks of Antwone’s life he has continued to thrive and give. He is a family man caring for a wife and two girls, but also a speaker and a writer. Levinson also noted that middle adulthood is a balancing act, such as balancing young and old, Antwone is a writer, a father, and a husband yet he still strives and struggles to battle his past noting he will always have scars and that some of the things such as his beautiful kept home are to show people, such as his foster parents that he has overcome (Kuczynski,
This just goes to show that the persona of the poem thought that this sort of behavior was normal from a parent. “My Papa’s Waltz” highlights the ways a young person sees a parent who is stern and somewhat abusive. When children are young they are oftentimes shaped by their circumstances, and it seems perfectly logical to believe that the persona of this poem had no idea until he was much older, just how negative of an impact his father had on him. The alcoholic, abusive, and confusing situations in the poem should lead one to believe that the relationship between father and son in the poem is problematic, however, there is still love in the relationship, which just makes
In the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, a winter morning is described in his house, where his father wakes up before everyone else and makes sure the house is warm for the other members of his family. Winter is used by the poet in such a way that makes the poet’s father seem to be going through a lot of trouble for his family, even though “no one ever thanked him” (Hayden 9). This can be described as using a season in a traditional way due to the meaning of winter in literature. Winter can symbolize lack of growth. This relates to the poem because the narrator does not “grow up” and thank his father for acting selflessly, or even help his father
Similarities and contrast in the themes of the poems Those Winter Sundays and My Father’s Song Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden is a poem talking about childhood memories of a father. In the poem the speaker remembers his father, and the character of the father. In Simon Ortiz’s My father’s Song, the speaker is narrating the memories they shared with his father. These two poems are written with a focus on the father and child relationship. The two poems also reveal the narrators ' memories and shows how fast time can go and what was meaningful in the narrators’ childhood is gone.
I believe Roethke decided to use the title “My Papa’s Waltz” instead of “My Father’s Waltz” because the poem is about a memory from his childhood. The simile “hung on like death” gives us a good idea of how hard the speaker tries to keep his balance while “waltzing” with his father (lines 3-4). The facial expression of the speaker’s mother “could not unfrown itself” (8). The speaker’s mother appears to be annoyed because he and his father are making a mess in the kitchen. Even though I believe this poem can be interpreted in different ways, I feel that the speaker is portraying a positive image of his father.
We can also see a change in the tone of the poem as well. The wife talks of how she needs someone to lean on when times are tough. “Leaning into the woodstove” (18) is how the husband is making sure the house is warm and the fire is lit even though the fire wood is wet and caked with ice. When I read these first twenty lines, I envision a small cabin in the woods and the husband trying to gather firewood while the wife takes care of the child and makes the dinner. They are poor but still they’re for each other and providing what they have and need even though it may not be the richest it is all they need at the time.
During his transition to his new school and the reservation Junior learns a lot about himself and how his disability has not stopped him from achieving his dream. Towards the end of the story Junior faced some terrible tragedies in his family, but he was able to find joy in his time of grieving, and some good came out of that in the end. This is a good book to read
4. The theme of the story basically means… love is hard. It’s hard to love yourself and your family members if you don’t strive for greatness and positivity, look at Ethan, he has barely had a one to one conversation with his father without having it interrupted by his father’s work (“I couldn’t remember a single meal with my father that hadn’t been interrupted by something to do with business” 189; 6-8). Ethan also hasn’t gained respect, nor has exceeded expectations (“He (Ethan’s father) couldn’t stop talking about you (Ethan), he held you in his arms the whole flight. He just went on and on about the hopes and dreams he had for you” 38; 13-18).
Night Essay The reason we have family is to help us out through exceptional and the crummy times. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, this is demonstrated perfectly. By examining Night , we can see that family is the key to survival, which is important because those who don 't have family,often lost faith and the will to live. The reason the Elie was able to keep going was a result of his father. Throughout the whole book Elie wanted to stay close to his father.
In Of Mice and Men, George demonstrates that you can be friends with who ever you want which can make unique friendship and being open minded, because he has a friend that has trouble controlling himself, but George still continued to help him and stay beside him. The story takes back in the day during the American great depression and people struggles to live in America. The two main characters in the story are George who is the sharp eyed hard worker and Lennie who is handicapped and has bad control of himself. George and Lennie are searching for work and Lennie who happens to cause trouble for George which gets in George’s way a lot and because of Lennie they had to leave the town, because they were interviewing job with the manager
What does the text SAYS What the text DOES “Nothing is beautiful and true.” (p.43) I chose this quote because even though Oskar wanted to be like his father so much, he was still traumatized by the tragedy. Ever since his father died, he has become a more complex thinker. “There are so many different ways to die, I just need to know which was his.” Oskar does not accept his father’s death until he has finds a reasonable explanation for how it happened. “Every time I left the apartment to go searching for the lock, I became a little lighter, because I was getting closer to Dad. But I also became a little heavier, because I was getting farther from Mom.” (pg.