For instance, My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke in the line (7-8) “my mother’s countenance/could not unfrown itself”. The mother was not happy about the speaker and his father this shows that the mood of the mother as well as explains her reactions. The wording choice helps to understand the poem better. In addition to that, the author uses figurative speech to explain the emotions and imaginations of the speaker and this changes the author’s mood. For instance, in the poem the speaker said; “Such waltzing was not easy…” (4).
Roethke develops a negative, but yet faithful tone with imagery embedded in a good portion of the poem. Stanza one mentions “Whiskey on your breath … Such waltzing was not easy. Leading to people thinking that the Roethke might have been beaten as a child. “Waltzing,”is a dance that is usually graceful but hard to keep up if you do not know how to dance it properly with your partner. Explaining why he “held on like death” show that the child is fearful that he could fall or get hurt from not knowing how to, but yet still waltzes with him.
Roethke’s My Papas Waltz Many literary scholars, researchers and readers in general, driven by intrigue, have tried to dissect, analyze, and interpret the ambiguous meaning of Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz.” Their explications however, result in ambivalent, and sometimes controversial views. Some critics argue that “My Papas Waltz,” portrays the physical violence inflicted by a father to his child. In a rejoinder, an equal number posit that, the poem vividly depicts a complex, but a loving relationship between a father and his son, through the child’s voice. The poem is considered to be an ode, to Theodore Roethke’s own father, Otto Roethke, whom he religiously admired and idolized. Otto Roethke was a Prussian immigrant, strong,
A few of them are that in both, the folk tale and the poem, is that the grandfathers will both enjoy their lives. They both also include very informative themes and phrases to live by. Both of these entries show what matters most, family. In the folk tale, The Grandfather and His Little Grandson, the grandson shows the parents how badly and disrespectfully they’ve been treating a family member who can’t help it that he makes a mess. In the text, it states, “ They were ashamed because they had treated the old grandfather so meanly…” This evidence shows that the little grandson changed the way the grandfather would live the rest of his life.
The move and along with his older sons going to war made Gabriel sad and fearful of not accomplish his dream so he soon found hope in liquor to wash away the pain but it only fueled his rage. “My father was not a strong believer in religion (29).” Gabriel drinking made himself irritable which causes him to mock Marie’s religious beliefs. “Their blood and their ways had kept them at odds, and yet for all this, we were happy (29)”. Even Gabriel and Marie are the complete opposite of each other that is why their relationship has last soon because of the love that the family shares for one
The simile, ’spooky as hell’, has a mysterious and frightening tone. No one truly knows what hell is like but its negative connotations provide a vivid image of how frightening Perry can be. In the novel In Cold Blood it's described that Perry had a strong relationship with his father, but as Perry got older it worsened. The simile, "I loved my father but there were times when this love and affection I had for him drained from my heart like wasted water", "like wasted water" can represent that Perry did love his father but once Perry grew older he realized that he didn't love him anymore, and that his affection towards his father was wasted as it led to no positive outcome. This shows that Perry had some issues with his father, which could have affected his personality later on, as one needs to feel the love of a parent.
DeVito, 1996). This piece of evidence shows that Matilda’s dad is just being jealous of her. It appears that her dad never got the education that Matilda is getting, and is gaining envy. When Miss. Honey sees sadness wash over Matilda’s face, she remembers what her childhood was like.
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”.
While Lily was able to find happiness in a caring family, her father still attempted to hurt Lily and take her away from her loved ones by reappearing later in the novel. His reappearance goes along with the poems line “The saddest day”, because upon her father's return she was scared for her future and what was going to happen if he were take her home
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.