Theodore Roethke's The Lost Son

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Theodore roethke, author of The Lost Son and a poet-in-residence at the University of Washington, writes about an experience late at night with his father in the poem “My Papa’s Waltz”. Roethke cites his father as a major source of influence during his life. His father was a stern man who worked hard in a greenhouse, coming home late at night with his son eagerly waiting. Although at may have seemed to others his father could be an abusive man, that was not at all the case.
Within people's everyday lives they often are witness to some actions that appear to them different than what they actually are. For example in the poem we read “the whiskey on your breath” (1) and “you beat time on my head” (13) While it may seem Roethke may be trying to
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