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In Theodor Roethkes My Papas waltz the reader finds a horrid experiance the beating of a child by his father which is told in a way of a romantic and beutifull dance - the waltz The feeling one get from reading this poem is that the narrator at least at the time in which the poem is written does not look at this experience as something bad He tries to beutify the experience by making it a waltz He also by means of images and rythem shows the conflict between the readers or the way any other normal man will look at this experiance and how he sees it or wants it to be seen although he does not show his father as completley innocent It can also be looked upon as the Petty Herst syndrom - meaning having a reality so intense and strong that one feels incapable of any other reality fearing it can and will be worse The poem is built of four stanzas quatrain each consisting of four lines The rhyme scheme is in the first stanza - abab in the second - cdcd in the third - efef and in the fourth - ghgh The meter is trecet iamb stressed unstressed - three times per line The central image in the poem is the metaphor in which the beatings are described as a waltz The poet is led around the house dancing - not beaten around Which is also brought throu by the meter - trecet iamb - the beat of the waltz thus the main image is shown through the meter as well giving the reader more of the feeling of a dance in contrast to the secondery images which are more associated with the rough experiance of a beating Given such parameters the poet installs some sort of relaxation in the reader maybe even in himself in order to make the subject
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