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I first thought of My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke as a disturbing portrayal of a father beating his child despite its playful form which imitates the cadence of a waltz in the meter of its stanzas very well The usage of very strong almost violent language seemed to support this interpretation of the poems content On a second look however simply reading the poem trying not to stick to the first impression of the abusive father a playful image of a hardworking man dancing awkwardly but enthusiastically with his child entered my mind instead Therefore we can say that My Papas Waltz accommodates starting points for multiple interpretations By citing ambivalent expressions and lines I am going to support my first as well as my second impression of the poem Roethkes use of very strong and powerful language and words such as death beat as well as battered directs the readers mind into expecting the poems content to be violent The following extracts may be interpreted to support this thesis of the abusive father The opening line The whisky on your breath may indicate that the father has been drinking or is drunk which would correspond with the picture of the abusive father As this is the very first information the reader gets about the father his drunkenness appears to be highly important most probably in a negative kind of way Furthermore the child does not appear to be enjoying himself at all as the waltz requires him to hang on like death The word death raises the threatening reminder that child-abuse often has fatal consequences The second stanza seems to display a desperate mother helplessly watching her husband raging until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf The hand That held the childs wrist may be battered as a cause of the romping in the kitchen even the lines At every stepped you missed My right ear scraped a buckle could
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