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Roethke Theodore My Papas Waltz Retellings A Thematic Literature Anthology Eds Clarke MB and AG Clarke Boston McGraw-Hill 2004 67-68 Roethkes My Papas Waltz initially bestows upon the reader a scene of a father and child passing by the evenings late hours in dance and then finally rest Further investigation of the poems lines provides quite a few alternate meanings that completely differ from the initial portrait that is painted Taking a look at the first part of the poem we are given the idea of a father who has come home to his family after what seems to be a day of work and a night out at a bar The whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy 1-2 gives the impression that the father has been drinking heavily But I hung on like death such waltzing was not easy 2-4 - clumsy movements misguided actions The first set of lines doesnt give off much meaning until the second set is introduced The second verse brings about a new sense and meaning to the poem More or less the reader will be misguided by the title and believe the poem to be about a dance of some sort that the father performs Taking this initial idea and reading through the poem will distort the meaning As now reading through the second verse you come to question your original thoughts We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf 5-6 My mothers countenance could not un-frown itself 7-8 If the two people in the poem are waltzing then how is it that there are items being disturbed is such matter The mother is clearly upset as she is not smiling In normal life a frown can be taken as being stressed or upset But what is the mother upset about The chinaware being broken or the activity that is going on between her husband and her son Continuing on we
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