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Papas Violent Waltz Poetry is made to express the thoughts and emotions of the poet One may share the same feelings or they can interpret the poem however they wish Many are undecided about the theme of Theodore Roethkes My Papas Waltz Some people tend to believe that the poem is one of a happy exchange between a father and son I believe that the more convincing interpretation is that it has a hidden message of parental abuse Careful analysis of the keywords and each individual stanza back up this theory of child abuse by a violent and drunken father The word that is key to the poem is romp Roethke states that we romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf 832 The word is usually associated with happy rambunctious and energetic running around or dancing A second definition is rough lively play Alcohol would cause a person to act in such a harsh manner In athletics a romp is an easy victory over an easy opponent This means one side is clearly superior and beats the competition with fury and ease The father could be viewed as a dominating and overpowering force to a small child The younger son could not possible fight back to his bigger father especially with the added influence of liquor The first stanza sets the scene with clear imagery The father appears to be in a heavily drunken state because the son can smell the whiskey on your breath 831 I believe the drinking is excessive because it almost made the boy dizzy Clearly the father is in a heavily drunken state because someone else is feeling the effects of his drinking Some say that the son was enjoying himself but this does not appear to be so because the waltz is not easy for him Later in that stanza
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