My Papa’s Waltz -Roethke

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Name: Professor’s name: Course: Date: My Papa's Waltz –Roethke My Papa’s Walt is an interesting poem narrated by a young boy about his father who is evidently drunk. The title of the poem gives the impression that it is an inspirational poem, but instead it is a sarcastic description of the father. The author chose a playful tone to describe the relationship between the son and father. Interestingly, the son seems to be enjoying the company of his father despite his dad’s alcoholism and unmannerly state. However, this is not directly evident considering that the poem starts with the boy complaining about the father’s behavior. The first two lines read “The whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy.” This shows how the boy is worried. Also, the author’s descriptive prowess paints a clear picture in the reader's mind as the boy talks to his father. Anyone reading the poem can easily empathize with the boy and perhaps picture the young man being forced to take a step back when the father starts speaking to avoid the odor from his dad’s breath. The boy’s agony is also apparent in the third and fourth line which reads “But I held on like death: such waltzing was not easy.” This line also sets the tone for the poem which is a bit gloomy. The line shows that the boy has been struggling to live under such conditions. However, the boy is keen to pass the message in an intelligent but deep manner. The subject changes in the second line when the two starting having fun by dancing. The boy tells us how he and the dad made a fool of themselves in the kitchen. The once gloomy mood is lit up by this act. However, the boy’s mother is

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