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ANALYTIC EXERCISE Seven Centuries of Poetry in English Compare and contrast two of the three poems below commenting in detail on notable features of language-use and on the feeling towards the parents developed in the poems Book Ends Because My Papas Waltz Vastly differing attitudes toward the authors parents are developed in Because and My Papas Waltz These ideas are expressed in a variety of ways resulting in many notable contrasts between the pieces My Papas Waltz discloses a snapshot of one vivid childhood memory whereas Because reveals a broader portrait of many aspects of the authors recollection of his childhood and of both the parents involved The structure alone of My Papas Waltz resembles a formal dance with four stanzas of four lines all of similar length The content however gives a mixed view of the dance The introduction of alcohol in the first line immediately gives the reader the impression that the dance may actually involve a few missed steps The author too is made dizzy by the whiskey fumes The idea of a defined dance is further dispelled by the debris left by the father - son couple We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf Both partners also sustain injuries in the romp receiving a battered knuckle and scraped ear This violent imagery and vocabulary links back to the father who beats time on the sons head with a palm caked hard by dirt This harsh vocabulary could be interpreted as a euphemism for serious domestic violence This rough imagery does not seem to phase the child who clings doggedly to his father throughout the whole piece clinging to his father in continuing filial loyalty An interesting contrast is raised here the author hung on like death a very negative phrase which is countered in the second stanza by turning the situation into a light-hearted romp The mother is not amused though her
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