In My Papa's Waltz Analysis

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Response paper – 11 In My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke, father had too much whiskey. Father’s breath of whiskey make little boy dizzy. Now dad is having dance named waltz in the poem, around the kitchen with his son. Father and son waltz is pretty awkward. Speaker, the little boy hold his father shirts so tightly. The word “romped” has two meaning here. One, when kids are energetically engage with their playing and other, the violent “romp” of the man too drunk to be gentle with his son. Because of this crazy waltz, all pans are sliding from the self. Mom is not happy about it. As a description in second stanza about hand of his father. Speaker never notice his father’s hand before. His knuckles are rough and he is deal with a lot of dirt.

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