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My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke is a poem overstuffed with many mixed interpretations Some other students say the poem is about a man looking back on happy times Some other students people even say the poem is a story about a little girl dancing with her father Although there are many different ways to interpret My Papas Waltz there are various lines in each stanza to indicate there is an incident of abuse The Whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy1-2 is the opening line in stanza one This was the indicator that the speaker in the poem was a boy In line four stanza one the boy refers to his situation of abuse as a waltz Waltzing is a dance that is thought of to be intimate The boy in the poem uses this word to describe what is going on to make it seem right It is not unheard of for children whom are victims of abuse to pretend that their mistreatment is normal Such waltzing was not easy4 indicates by using the such that this is not the first time that this abuse has occurred In stanza two line one says We romped until the pans slid from the kitchen shelf5-6 this is a vivid use of the words to show commotion The reader can paint a picture of a shelf getting knocked down and all of the pans sliding on the floor causing them to make a load hateful noise Someone whom is not watching out where he or she is going or not paying attention to what they are doing can easily do this Perhaps the father is not realizing his placement in the kitchen because he is so intoxicated My Mothers countenance Could not unfrown itself7-8 shows the mother seems to be used to this type of chaos and too afraid to even say or do anything to stop it For this
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