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Theodore Roethkes My Papas Waltz and Robert Haydens Those Winter Sundays are poems that describe a relationship between a father and son The speakers in both works are looking back on their childhoods primarily their relationships with their fathers The fathers in these poems had unique ways of expressing love thus making the relationships with their sons atypical One can see the difference in the poems through the tones the speakers used Although My Papas Waltz and Those Winter Sundays are both poems that reflect on fatherly love they diverge in the speakers attitudes towards their fathers The speakers of both My Papas Waltz and Those Winter Sundays are reflecting on their relationships with their fathers Both fathers loved their children but they expressed it differently In My Papas Waltz the speaker says that his fathers hand was caked hard by dirtRoethke 14 which portrays his father as a hard worker His father showed his family that he loved them by working hard to provide for them and by playing with his child This whole poem illustrates a fun playtime for a father and son Even though the father had enough whiskey on his breath to make a small boy dizzyRoethke 2 his son loved to be with him The speaker in Those Winter Sundays says Sundays too my father got up early Hayden 1 This describes the fathers love for his family It shows that he worked hard all week long to support them and instead of resting on Sunday morning he woke up early to make the house warm for his family But the father did more than just warm the house the speaker says he polished my good shoes as well Hayden 12 This really shows the depth of the love that the father had for his son However the father did not display his love affectionately This is revealed in the last line of the poem where the
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