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).
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
The “chronic angers” could also reference the clearly difficult relationship between the two characters in the poem. Regardless, the anger is “chronic,” suggesting that it is persistent, and the son “slowly” (8) begins his day, “fearing” those “chronic angers” (9). From the son’s fear, the reader can infer that the son connects the house’s anger to his father, regardless of the anger’s cause. Through his use of imagery and personification in the second stanza, Hayden firmly establishes the idea that the relationship between the father and his son
"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.
In conclusion, the poets expresses their feelings, thoughts, and emotions through poetry. The poems “ My Papa’s waltz and “Those Winter Sundays” make readers understand the relationship of a father and son and proves that both of the speakers love their father but never got a chance to actually express their feeling for them and now, realizing their mistakes, they made in the past and regretting it. They both are very talented writers who knows the best way to communicate the meaning of their feeling in the poems and have control over
My Papa’s Waltz, in my belief, is metaphorically speaking about an alcoholic father who abuses his child. 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
Through this play, Wilson is trying to show the audience that fathers definitely have a lasting impact on their kids throughout their lives. An audience sees this through the character Troy, in how his rough relationship with his father causes him to treat his two sons with a strict and demanding attitude. Although Troy distanced himself from his father at the age of fourteen, he still had a burdened relationship that affected him in the long term. This recurs again with Lyons and Cory when they both try to set apart from what their father wants them to do, and at the end of the play, they feel as though they turned out just like their father. The main ideal that Wilson is trying to show his audience that those who we surround ourselves with have such a lasting influence that can change our whole way of living and carrying ourselves.
The paragraph in Sanders’ essay that explains the story behind the handle of his hammer and how he had broken it several times uses an anecdotal story to convey Sanders’ attitude towards his father 's death. The speaker broke his hammer’s handle once by attempting to “pull sixteen-penny nails out of floor joists”; an idea even the speaker admitted was foolish. His father’s response of “You ever hear of a crowbar?” captures the relationship Sanders had with his father. His father was sarcastic at his son’s humorous and avoidable failure, indicating a close relationship between the two. This revelation of the closeness he had with his father conveys the feelings of sadness the speaker would have immediately after his death.
His inability to accept the fact that he is committing unnecessary acts of violence are proof that Abner views life from a different perspective. As the reader progresses through the story, it’s clear that Abner is carrying out actions only beneficial to himself. He speaks of loyalty numerous times to his son, however Abner only emphasizes this value when he needs Sarty to help him get out of a predicament. “Barn Burning” is a very interesting story containing numerous controversial events. As the story progresses, Abner shows his true colors of deception and violence.
Maintaining a healthy relationship can present some reservations because of the way characters interact with each other and also as a result of bad nurturing. For example, in “Those Winder Sundays and “The Possessive” both authors face discomfort as a result of each protagonist in the poem relying on someone else to make them happy. A level of maturity is the key to understanding one’s self- identity and one’s own independence. In Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays” he explains how his father’s motive for loving him and raising becomes a challenge for the son to accept, because of his adolescent behavior and likewise in Sharon Old’s poem “The Possessive” the narrator would describe how uncomfortable she felt when she her daughter grow up too fast. Both poems use a narrative that suggest that there are
Think of a circumstance where you were so hungry and thirsty, that you did not even care to think about your father anymore. That circumstance goes against common father-son relationships. The common father-son motif is where the father looks out and cares for the son. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, he explains why the circumstances around a father-son relationship can change their relationship, whether it 's for the better or the worse. Since the book is about the life of Elie in a Nazi concentration camp, the circumstances were harsh and took a toll on multiple father-son relationships.
In Sylvia Plath’s “Daddy” and Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” there are similar topics of negatively portrayed fathers. In Plath’s “Daddy,” Plath portrays the father with hatred and abhorrence although she loves some parts of him, and in Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz,” Roethke portrays the father as an oblivious drunk, whom he still loves. These events not only contribute to the mental illnesses that Plath and Roethke later acquired but also they contribute to how we interpret the meanings of their poems and what topics their poems are about. Sylvia Plath and Theodore Roethke have backgrounds that have a major influence on what topics they choose to write about, they share mental illnesses, their backgrounds influence the way each reader