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Father Poems In examining the four father poems I chose to talk about Breakings Black Walnuts and My Papas Waltz In each of the three poems the speaker reminisces about memories he has with his father that take place when the speaker was young The three texts discuss the fathers importance in the sons maturation In the poem entitled My Papas Waltz the author is writing about a son and his father doing some sort of activity Throughout the poem some negative sounding words are used to describe certain events in the poem I happened to choose the positive side because of the ending The poem reflects a positive feeling at the end Then waltzed me off to bed still clinging to your shirt15-16 This sounds like the boy fell asleep while waltzing with his father In this particular poem the father has been drinking The whiskey on you breath could make a small boy dizzy1-2 That line combined with the word death 3 gives the poem a starting bad feeling It makes it sound like the father has been drinking and something bad is happening The introduction of the word waltzing opens a new though pattern though A waltz is a certain type of dance but when used in this line Such waltzing was not easy4 it could mean a number of things Since we know not of the exact activity that is happening a substitution of activities would work To him it is hard because he is small At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle11-12 and obviously weaker than the father These alone will Smith 2 make any activity harder for him then the father We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf5-6 When I think of romping I think of a little boy and a puppy romping in the grassy fields No different in this case The father is
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