The waltz “could make a small boy dizzy”, emphasizing the clumsiness of the father’s dance by having an amphibrach foot follow after an iambic foot (Roethke 2). Not only is this waltz imperfect, but its tendency for imperfection repeats. Waltz traditionally has a circular pattern, with dancers moving in repeating circles, and the father’s waltz is no exception. The dance was “not easy”
A joyful dance between a boy and his father that caused the pans to slide "from the kitchen shelf"(6) would at the most create a small sign of disapproval. If the dance was truly bringing happiness to the father and son then the mother's countenance could effortlessly become jovial. In this occasion though the mother showed no sign of enjoyment. In this occasion the mother seemed as if the "waltz" was somewhat of a painful sight. My Papa's Waltz is a well written poem that forces the reader to think hard about every individual word.
The poet expressed his father 's actions uncaring and rough through the violent imagery associated with the smell of whiskey on his breath, his battered knuckle and his son 's ear being scraped. Roethke also shows the signs of his father’s clumsiness and carelessness when the pans slide off the shelves and they continue the waltz. "My mother 's countenance" and "The hand that held my wrist" instead of holding another hand gave the sense of helplessness. The mother expressed disapproval with the frown on his face but unable to do anything. And the way the poet 's father was dragging his son along by his wrist, demonstrated Roethke 's helplessness towards his father 's manhandling.
Response paper – 11 In My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke, father had too much whiskey. Father’s breath of whiskey make little boy dizzy. Now dad is having dance named waltz in the poem, around the kitchen with his son. Father and son waltz is pretty awkward. Speaker, the little boy hold his father shirts so tightly.
In Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz” a boisterous waltz between the boy and his father which was perhaps the result of a few too many drinks, resulted in a lifelong memory for the speaker of the poem. The poem revolves around a recollection of a child dancing with his apparently intoxicated Father. The waltz brought joy and excitement to a young child who may not always get to experience such bonding moments with his father. Although many readers often interpret the tone of the poem as negative, there is enough textual evidence to dispel this interpretation. Ultimately, the speaker’s tone throughout the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” displays the playful nature of his Papa’s Waltz.
My Papas Waltz” by Theodore Roethke My Papas Waltz" by Theodore Roethke can be translated in numerous ways. The poem could be translated as a father manhandling his youngster because of liquor addiction. A boy getting on the dance floor the dance floor with his father is the way I translated the ballad when Theodore portrays the night, I envisioned a father hitting the dance floor with his kid and having some good times following a prolonged day at work. The author’s primary character is a young man describing a night of hitting the dance floor with his dad and what he as a boy is willing to continue from an adoring father. To have the capacity to invest energy with his dad in light of the boy dad working a ton as should have been obvious by Roethke portraying the fingers of the grown-up male.
Different Angles Mean Different Interpretations How is one’s interpretation formed when exploring a literary work? Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz” shows the angle a literary work is viewed from is a decisive factor in forming a perception. The poem’s persona gives plenty of information for the reader to interpret contrasting positions through the use of subtleties, metaphors and irony. This will depend largely on how the reader interprets the speaker’s literary meaning while the father and son waltz to bed. Meanwhile, the speaker’s tone and word usage in “My Papa’s Waltz” conveys several interpretations such as a father’s love and devotion toward his son while, simultaneously, showing a son’s reflection of love and resentment toward his father in later years.
Prince Hal’s maturing can be seen by observing his relationship with the cowardly Jack Falstaff. Hal originally takes advantage of the clown, exacting his whims by playing tricks on Falstaff as if he were a toy. A few scenes later, Hal remains immature but a more serious side to his character becomes apparent. During the infamous tavern scene, the two men begin a play, jokingly forecasting the reaction of King Henry to the Prince’s behavior. In the beginning Hal lightheartedly teases Falstaff, until their drama takes a more serious note.
Both of these poems have several attributes to the fathers by their children. In the poem My papa's Waltz, the father was very drunk and was out of control and was dancing with his son. While dancing, he knocked off many items in the kitchen in which his wife was not pleased about. The son was agitated by his fathers because of the fact that he is drunk but still wanted to dance with him saying "But i hung on like death" and "such waltzing was not easy". Even though the son was not pleased by his actions, he still loved him and the father also loved him back saying at the end" still clinging to your shirt".
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
This novel shows the how the lives of these teenage German boys can be flipped upside down the matter of literal seconds. One bullet, one bomb, one word, one light can kill or change them for the rest of their lives and their family’s life. The fact that they got used to sitting in bed and hearing bombs crash and horses squealing for their lives, along with fellow soldiers screaming for their lives is what the author was trying to convey to the world. He is trying to tell the world that living in the war will change you forever because of those specific reasons. Going back home to a place that has absolutely nothing that the Front had is a vital transition, it’s hard to even try to adapt back to the way they were before they even slept one night during the war.
Getting down with lavish parties and tries to court Daisy, he ends up alone at the close of the novel without friends. Through the exhaustive use of a main literary device throughout the novel, Fitzgerald proves himself a “good writer” by creating a lasting impression on the audience and showing he can weave details to increase the reader’s understanding of the message he is trying to convey. Fitzgerald’s prominent rhetorical strategy is symbolism throughout The Great Gatsby, making him a good writer as symbolism gives depth and adds meaning to the novel. Nabokov tells us “… The writer is the first man to mop it and to form the natural objects it contain”, which implies that using rhetoric allows the novel to gain body and character. Starting in Chapter Two, the group arrives at the “Valley of Ashes” and passes a big billboard as they drive through to the City.
The backgrounds of Roethke and Plath have a major influence on the way we interpret the meanings of their poems. Many people interpret Roethke’s poem as fun and playful but Jim Baird states that “The poem may read as a warm memory of happy play, but when one is familiar with the rest of Roethke’s work, a darker view emerges” (1-3). Through this we see that Roethke’s previous work affects how some interpret “My Papa’s Waltz.” When K.G Srivasta states “by describing her father as a statue with a head pouring bean green over blue the poet calls our attention to the later life of her father, when he became a professor of biology…” (126) and “Thus “blue” stands for the general state of Professor Otto Plath’s mind…” (126) We can assume that Plath is alluding to her father when she states “…a statue with a head pouring bean green over blue…” (290-292), since Otto Plath was a professor of biology. In Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz,” he shows a father oblivious to how he is treating his son because he is drunk. When we see that Roethke’s father died when he was merely a child, maybe Roethke portrayed the son clinging on “…such waltzing was not easy” (293), because Roethke would take any attention he could get from his father if he was alive.
Another kind of violence is verbal abuse. George uses Claire in verbally abusing his brother, repeatedly asking Aaron, her father, if he thinks Claire is sexually active. The tension between the two is characteristic of the stories in this collection. “Because what Meloy is singularly skilled in is articulating the simultaneous acknowledgment of a desire contrary to plausibility and the desire – deep, unrelenting, maddening, painful – for the fulfillment of that desire” (Habinek, 2009, NP). This leads to a very direct threat of violence, if only in Aaron’s mind.