Theodore Roethke 's My Papa 's Waltz Essay

818 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The poetry is a special gift, which unfortunately is not given to all of us. Mr. Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was an American poet with this magnificent gift. Mr. Roethke is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation (Wiki). His poems present figurative language, which means that it says something, but is not really what it means, or it can be interpreted in a totally different way. Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz” has imaginary and mixed feelings between the speaker, which is a child, and his father. After having researched more about the Poet’s life I find this poem very eloquent and explicit. Even though, it’s a short poem I can say that this talks about Mr. Roethke’s childhood. This poem is about reconciling with parents, this tells me that is not as nice as everybody thinks it is.
The speaker, in this case, is a child with a tone of innocence and seriousness in those written lines. The speaker illustrates a peaceful and playful background. However, I strongly believe and have a feeling that this poem is totally addressed to a person, in this case, the speaker 's father with resentment and anger. The poem shows the whiskey word instead of just alcohol, so is very detail where the problem starts. Thereupon, the poem makes me think what child can recognize the smell of whiskey with the different kinds of alcohol that there’s out there. Could be because the whiskey is very common for this child and grew up with it. On the…

Related Documents