My Papa's Waltz Syntax

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In discussions of “My Papa’s Waltz,” one controversial issue has been that several people believe it’s an abuse issue. On the other hand, some readers argue it is not abuse although, a loving dance between a father and son. 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 show a beating of a son by his father that is told in a beautiful dance. Roethke uses imagery, syntax and diction which brings his poem together to reveal a profound meaning. Diction is in “My Papa’s Waltz” to illuminate the idea that his message uses negative connotations to promote the different reader’s perspective about what the main subject of the poem is. In stanza 10 through 12 states “battered,” as suffering in violence, repeatedly, and “scraped,” being pushed or pulled, shows that while dancing the father’s movements is causing the son to be “scraped” and being brutally hurt multiple times. Therefore it is an…show more content…
In stanza 3 states “But I hung on like death,” uses simile. It benefits the cause of alcohol that soon becomes tragic for the son. He’s gotten used to it that being abused, death can affect him. Additionally it touches people's ideas to illuminate the true meaning of the poem and to create a negative picture in the reader's mind that is shown by the son of an abusive father. In stanza 13 through 14, “You beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt.” It creates a picture that the father is a working man that takes the aggression out on his son. Ultimately, the sense of touch reflects on the pain the son holds in. In short, imagery can emphasize the reader's picture of what my “My Papa's Waltz” be
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