The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” written by Theodore Roethke uses vague and ambiguous language about the relationship he and his father share. The unique circumstances of each family are never easy to understand. Father’s helps build a solid foundation in their sons lives by their presence, their absence, their criticism, their encouragement, and ultimately, the lessons passed along from one generation to the next. The tone of the poem gave me the impression that Roethke loved his hard working, rough housing, playful father. Roethke describes his father using imagery that suggest his strength and his working class background.
Diction has a strong affect on how readers interpret a passage. This is proven through Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”. The poem presents a boy roughhousing with his father. However, some critics see the roughhousing taking place as abusive, due to the negative word choice displayed throughout the poem. The author set a positive and negative tone throughout the poem, representing the respect and fear he had for his father.
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
While the subject of “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, background, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to reminisce upon a nostalgic memory from childhood of dancing or “waltzing” with his father. Many individuals believe that the poem is about an abusive relationship between the author and his father. Although this may seem true through certain aspects, the author intended for this poem to be a reflection upon a happy memory with his father. According to the author, Roethke meant for this poem to be a dedication to his father, who has passed away while the author was at a young age. Thus, Roethke achieves his purpose
"When the sins of our fathers visit us, we do not have to play host. We can banish them with forgiveness; As God, in His Largeness and Laws"(Wilson X).This epigraph by August Wilson provides an insight into the importance of the topic in the play Fences. In Fences, the play depicts the relationships of the Maxson family and their friends. Troy Maxson, a middle-aged African American man, is happily married to his wife Rose and takes care of his son Cory whilst occasionally interacting with his other son from a previous relationship. However, the complexities of Troy 's past create issues for him and his family and their relationships begin to deteriorate.
For this I chose to analyze the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke. One can assume that the speaker is a young boy, or perhaps the poet reminiscing his youth. Upon first glance, the tone is humorous, and a picture is presented of a boy waltzing with his father. This scene is comical with the boy clinging on for dear life as his chuckling father spins him around. The father dances around in a haphazard manner, knocking over pans in the kitchen while the mother looks on unhappily.
It could be a subtle hint of the father’s death; both the child and death were “hanging on” the father. Looking at the larger picture, the simile is also a metaphor of their father-son relationship. Although the father causes harm to the boy sometimes, the boy still clings onto his father and cherishes the time they spend together. 2. What was the mother’s attitude to events?
The most powerful lines is, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” The repetition of this line shows how Thomas feels about his father and how much he needs him to stay. Another line that is repeated is, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” This line is obviously the title of the poem and stresses an encouraging message to his father. Thomas seems to really care for his father and the messages conveyed in these repeated statements demonstrate. Another method Thomas uses in his poem is including powerful language. He says things like, “burn, grave, and rage as well as fierce.” These all are used in some way to grab the readers attention or
She figures out that if she dresses up in clothes that give her features to resemble a male, then her father pays more attention to her. The closet transforms the way her father perceives her and allows him to cope with the grief of losing his son by being comfortable with the presence of a male figure. The closet also transforms the young girl into something that her father actually wants to pay attention to and therefore giving her personal satisfaction of being wanted. The obstacle that comes in between the young girl getting transformed by the closet is the kitchen and her parents. The kitchen is a transformation of her obligations that her parents have set for her to mentally have.
This shows the increase in Walker’s emotional intensity, as she constantly reminds herself of her father. other than Walker’s choice of diction, she uses literary devices to add effect to her feelings. For example she expresses that her father “cooked like a person dancing” This simile is a sign of her admiration and respect for her father. Overall, in the first four stanzas of the poem, Walker writes at a dark tone, underlining the sadness she continues to feel at her father’s loss. This changes in stanza five, where Walker writes in a much more optimistic tone.
Holden decides to use the baseball glove of his deceased brother Allie to write a composition for Stradlater, and although Holden does point out he wasn’t exactly thrilled about it, the statement about him not only being unable to think about any other topic, but revealing his interest and liking into the contemplation of Allie’s poems and of his late brother himself, shows his immense care he once had and now has for the brother he lost. Throughout the book that event changed him severely, as it created the sense he needs to be a “Catcher in the rye”, or preserving the innocence of not only himself, but also of the children, who have yet to experience the corruption and evil transferred by the adult world. These events help shape this similar tone, as it represents a darker and intuitive thinking in Holden’s character arc, and when this can be represented through a past event, it helps present the commotion and inconvenience of affairs as something that can be either only a minor event that can be brushed off, or as something that changes entire life’s. How death can drastically change someone’s views is a phenomenon that eventually everyone is going to endure at one point, and the effects on the psyche can be predominant in any
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”