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Family relationships are not always the loving embraces seen on the Disney Channel Some can become more malicious such as those seen on Fox The poems My Fathers Song by Simon J Ortiz and My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke are two similar poems written about a father and child relationship The two poems are spoken from the childs point of view during a memorable event As well as their similarities these two poems have their differences Although both poems concern the relationship between a father and his son they differ on tone imagery and figurative language In My Fathers Song the main tone is nostalgia My Papas Waltz is a stark contrast in that there is a harsh tone In My Fathers Song the nostalgic tone comes through in some of the word choices In the first stanza the speaker remembers his fathers voice He describes his experience I miss my father tonight His voice the slight catch the depth from his thin chest the tremble of emotion in something he has just said to his son his song Ortiz 2-7 The speaker can remember even the tiniest detail about his father down to the slight catch the depth from his thin chest 3-4 The child cared very deeply about his father even more tonight and is thinking about him The tone of the second poem is established by the diction used by the author Upon first glance the tone of the poem is amusing The scene that the readers mind forms is rather comical with the child holding on for dear life as his chuckling father spins him around However the lines At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle Roethke 11-12 suggest that the boy is being injured by this careless dance Furthermore when the author states You beat time on my head 13 it leads the reader to believe that the father is abusive of the
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