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    A Walk Through Roethke’s Work “The Waking” by Theodore Roethke is very diverse. Instead of the poem referring to someone waking from sleeping, it refers to someone waking from several realizations about life. The poem is written in first person, therefore, the author is also the speaker. The setting of the poem could take place within a person’s figurative heart or mind. Roethke’s purpose was to show how we become more open-minded through the practice of metaphorically sleeping and waking. Roethke focuses on the life cycle itself, and how we come to a more aware and sophisticated state as we progress through life. This poem contains many figures of speech, including; paradox, assonance, internal rhyme, rhetorical questions, and refrains. He…

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    Hidden Messages “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke is a very mysterious and ambiguous poem. The speaker reminisces on a memory of himself as a young boy with his father. Several readers get multiple impressions of the poem, and find themselves feeling puzzled about what the poem is truly about. The poem is very controversial with the vocabulary being used by the speaker, and there are many interpretations that readers can get from it. The poem demonstrates imagery and metaphors to describe…

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    Imagine being a child that loves their father unconditionally. That love is more powerful than thinking of the harm he does is doing to you. “My Papa's Waltz” by Theodore Roethke can be interpreted in multiple ways. The poem could be interpreted as a parent abusing his child due to alcoholism or a child dancing with his father. In the poem, Theodore reminisces about his youth of tangled emotions of fear and unconditional love towards his father besides the imperfections his father has. This poet…

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    In Theodore Roethke “My Papa’s Waltz” poem, readers will find one of two stories. The story of a hard-working, affectionate father or an abusive one that drinks too much. The interpretation depends solely on the readers’ perspective. The speaker is reflecting on a childhood memory involving his father. The speaker describes a beautiful but dangerous game that he and his father played as a child. Where the father would pick him up, strap him in his boots and dance with him all throughout the…

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    Clark 1 Jessica Clark Professor Lampert English 1302 135 01 October 2015 Poetry Essay In the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, the narrator is remembering a childhood experience that involved his father. The character describes the relationship with his father by using expression and details. The characters feelings can be viewed in different ways, most people see him as a young boy being abused and neglected, and others see him as having a loving relationship with his father. The…

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    The Poem titled “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke is about the conflicting relationship Roethke had with his father. His dad had an agricultural business which numerous sonnets mirror Roethke's enthusiasm for the greenhouse he worked in when a kid. Roethke's dad was taken away by cancer when Roethke was fifteen, which took a toll on little Roethke. Long after that awful mishap, Roethke battled with sadness and psychological illness. Roethke's written work frequently alluded back to his…

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    conducted on their poetry. One exception to this is Theodore Roethke; a poet who lived from 1908 to 1968. Growing up, Roethke had a fascination with nature which would lead to his excessive use of nature as a means of communicating his ideas on human experience and existence in his poetry. When Roethke was 14, his father died of cancer and his uncle committed suicide; this contributed to Roethke’s battles with insanity which would characterize his poetry. He obtained an A.B. and M.A. from the…

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    Fong, Bobby. "Roethke's `My Papa's Waltz'." College Literature 17.1 (1990): 78. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Jan. 2017. Fong explains ‘’My Papa’s Waltz” as a seesaw balancing the elements of joy and fear. He claims Roethke depicted the fathers “mixture of tenderness and brutality” and the child’s “admiration and fear”. He includes the claims of different critics and how a reader’s personal experience with alcohol could influence their opinions. Janssen, Ronald R. "Roethke's MY PAPA's…

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    “My Papa’s Waltz” Imagery The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” the author Theodore Roethke talks about his small boy and the relationship he has with his father who is considered drunk or incapable of walking straight, so the boy helps his father. The poem is told from the perspective of the small boy as he addresses his father’s awkward walk since he is considered intoxicated. The relationship they share is expressed by the use of imagery in the poem to show the audience the father’s drunk behaviors and…

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    the meaning of the element is left up to the reader to interpret. The Waking, Theodore Roethke uses literary elements to talk about how there is not much one can do about their density so relax and enjoy life. “I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow” (Roethke 1). is mentioned multiple times throughout the poem. Waking is life and sleep is death, thus he means I live to die and take my life slow. This portrays how many people live their lives; they are always looking into the future instead…

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