Playing Rough Is Considered Abuse? Americans today tend to believe that “playing rough” is considered abuse. In discussion of the poem My Papa’s Waltz, by Theodore Roethke, one controversial issue has been that this piece of poetry is about a child being abused by his drunk father. On the other hand, part of the audience believes that the poem is about Theodore’s memory of his father and him dancing. While the subject of My Papa’s Waltz has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Theodore Roethke wrote My Papa’s Waltz to show how a “small boy” is being abused by his father using imagery, syntax, and diction.
Some don’t want to speak to their parents after they move out. Some do self harm to get attention from others. As the third stance starts in the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” begin with “The held my wrist” to me is the father picking the kid by the wrist or the child covering up his wrist. That is followed by “Was battered on one knuckle” which is that one of the fathers knuckles is bloody from beating the child from the first stance. After that line it's followed by “At every step you missed” which could be every body part which not isn’t damaged.
Nostalgic Remembrance While the subject of “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to recreate a fond memory from his childhood. Some may think the poem is about physical abuse while others believe Roethke is reminiscing on his past time with his father. It is understandable that without context, readers can believe the poem is about abuse due to the diction, imagery, and syntax used, but knowing information on Roethke’s background will help provide a better understanding of the poems actual meaning. The author’s childhood influences and
A Darker Side of Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” At first read, a happy and joyful experience between a father and son may be what one takes away from “My Papa’s Waltz,” but a darker meaning of Theodore Roethke’s poem may rise to the surface after deeper study. Buried in-between the lines of Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” many different interpretations can be taken from this interaction between the father and son, and the “waltz” these two share. The negative interpretation, arguably, would be that of more than just a “waltz,” but a trace of something else going on, such as torment and abuse, in the midst of the child’s thought of play. Taking a look inside this father/son relationship, it can be inferred that Roethke writes this poem to use the
In the poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”, Theodore Roethke illustrates the complex relationship between a little boy and his father by juxtaposing images of love and violence through word choices that portray feelings of fear yet affection for his father. Roethke’s shifting tone encompasses distress and a sense admiration that suggests the complexities of violence both physically and emotionally for the undercurrents of his father and son relationship. The poem begins with a series of negative images, each of which are considered violent and undesirable in a family. For example, “The whiskey on your breath” suggests alcoholism, and “Could make a small boy dizzy” emphasizes that a boy is suffering from the effects of the alcoholic parent. This portrays emotional abuse that explores the possibilities of a toxic father-son dynamic.
The plot of Honey Spot is about the characters strong friendship and relationships as well as the obstacles that come to face them, the main obstacle being disagreements. Throughout the play there were many disagreements such as Peggy and Tim which were fighting over the choreography for Peggy’s performance to gain a scholarship, as well as a disagreement all readers would have noticed, the disagreement between William and the ranger. Although disagreements in reality can be bad, this play shows that some disagreements can make you think even deeper than you normally would when reading a book. During the disagreement between William and ranger it has made me think more about the environment especially when William say’s “My people lived here
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The themes and symbols of the poem ‘My Papa’s Waltz” from the violence perspective of the poem the poem The Father shows his wrath towards his son, which shows the death and sorrow and the father commits violence by beating the son. The poem also shows imagery with the “Waltz” being a dance, in the poem the father is to drunk to learn the many steps of the dance, so then the father then gets angry and takes it out on his son and mother and abusively beats the son. One of the many critics Theodore Roethke faced along his career for his many writings was Mark Doty, she quoted “First glance at his poems seem to be uncomfortable and subliminal out cries, they resemble the songs of Shakespearean plays.” Another critic was Marie Anne Pagnattaro, she quoted “ he shows sentimental, joyful, fearful incident of violent abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father.” Theodore Roethke had a way of dealing with his critics and that was to continue writing and expressing his deepest emotions onto paper which is art in
The simile “But I hung on like death” (3) in Theodore Roethke’s poem allows the writer to clearly set the darker tone of “My Papa’s Waltz”. In this poem, the poet describes his father’s odd behavior. He also defines that alcohol was a factor and, consequently, his mother’s disapproved of the father’s actions. Also, the metaphors “such waltzing was not easy” (4) and “then waltzed me off to bed” (15) set the stage that there is an awkward physical exchange between the father and son. In addition, the second paragraph sets the mood with the imagery found in the description of the mother.
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Rashmi Singh Mrs. Gary World Literature 4 14 October, 2016 “It’s a hard knock life” The poem, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke sounds like it can be lyrics to a song. It seems to be about a child dancing with their father, but it is so much deeper. The poem shows how a child is with their father every step of the way in their difficult life. In the beginning of the poem Roethke describes what a child thinks about their father’s life. “The whiskey on your breath / could make a small boy dizzy; / But I hung on like death:/ Such waltzing was not easy”.