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My Papas Waltz and Those Winter Sundays My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke and Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden are two somewhat similar poems about respected fathers To most people a father is not just the man who fertilizes their mothers egg but a man that spends time with and takes care of them While doing this he gains their love and respect In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take an admiring look back at the actions of their fathers although they both imply that their parents were not perfect In My Papas Waltz Theodore Roethke describes an episode in his childhood In this what seems to be regular occurrence his drunken father comes home for the night reeking of alcohol and begins dancing with him Roethke describes his fathers hands as being battered on one knuckle and extremely soiled They romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf 5-6 This made his mother so upset that she could do nothing but frown Finally his father waltzed him on to bed In Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden the poet also relinquishes on a regular occurrence in his childhood On Sunday mornings just as any other morning his father rises early and puts on his clothes in the cold darkness He then goes out in the cold and splits fire wood with which he uses to start a fire in the house After the entire house is warm he calls the rest of his family out of bed He does not get any thanks for doing this but that does not seem to matter In both poems the poets seem to look back on their childhoods with much love and respect for their fathers In My Papas Waltz the title suggests a sense of love and honor Usually when a child calls his father Papa they have a very close relationship in which the child respects and admires his
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