My Papa's Waltz Poem Analysis

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The Analysis of the Three Poems
“My Papa’s Waltz”, “My Father’s Hats” and “Those Winter Sundays” are poems which are real exciting and express the love of fathers towards their kids. In these poems they describe to us the friendship between children and their fathers. The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” explains how a young boy was dancing waltz music with his drunken father. The young son appeared to enjoy having fun with his father while dancing despite the fact that he kept on chafing his ear on his dad’s wrist till the boy fell asleep. In the poem, it is stated that, “The hand that held my wrist was battered on one knuckle; at every step you missed my right ear scraped a buckle” (Roethke, 1961). This gives us an idea about the strong relationship
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The writer of this poem wanted to express how alcohol can have effect on a family. In the first paragraph of the poem the author explains how the breath of the father could make his son dizzy and this is not healthy for a child. The child suffered some physical injuries because he would dance with the father when he is drunk. In this poem, the writer tries to dishearten parents who drink alcohol to avoid playing with their children when drunk. “My Father’s Hats” poem, explains the emotions one of the young boy went through as a result of the absence of his father. This reflects the bond that existed between the boy and his father. For instance, every Sunday, the young boy went to the dark closet from which he stood on a chair to tiptoeing in order to reach higher where he assumed to feeling something (Irwin, 2004). This showed how the young boy was missing the presence of his father. Also, the author used images, “dark closet” to explain the color of the closet. The author also used some images like a “clove in the god some air” that he used to express the smell of the leaves that he was touching. Additionally, the author of the poem used pictures to attract the attention of the …show more content…
This expresses how images play an important role in building relationships between parents and their children. For instance, in the poem the author states that, “on the inner silk crowns where I would smell his hair and almost think I was being held”. This explains the reason why children use objects of their parents so that they can feel their presence in case they miss them. “Those Winter Sundays” is the poem where a boy explains the way his father took care of him during winter sunders. The young boy continues to talk about the love and care his parents gave him even in the hard situations. They stood by him and made him happy. In the poem, Hayden (1966) stated that “with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze” (para.1).The author used imagery,” cracked hands” to show how his father’s hands looked. There are painful emotions expressed by the poet in this poem. For instance, Hayden (1966) states that,” No one ever thanked him” (para.1). Finally, the message expressed in this poem brings to mind the attention of the reader and shows them the how appreciating people’s efforts and the way they treat you is important in life. The poet used a metaphor “fearing the chronic angers of that house”

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