Directed by Dan Myers for McGraw-Hill Films. This analysis is horrible off the mark. The greenhouse that his father and uncle owned, as well as the woods beyond, filled the poet's childhood with the wonders of the natural world. The battered knuckles suggest that the father has punched something or perhaps works with his hands. One could argue that this poem depicts a harsh father-son relationship and that the description of the dancing is violent. As the poem goes on, the waltz gradually gets more and more difficult as well as his relationship with his father. Prior to his return, he had an affair with established poet and critic , one of his strongest early supporters.
There is two angles or views to this poem: one being a happy fun time with daddy and the second child abuse if taken line by line out of the historical and social context. As a student at Saginaw's Arthur Hill High School, Roethke demonstrated early promise in a speech on the Junior Red Cross that was published in twenty-six languages. It reveals the full extent of Roethke's achievement: his ability to perceive reality in terms of the tensions between inner and outer worlds, and to find a meaningful system of metaphor with which to communicate this perception. The child is dancing with his father in the house just before bedtime. Roethke grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, a place that influenced his work long after. Theodore Roethke Born Theodore Huebner Roethke May 25, 1908 Saginaw, Michigan Died August 1, 1963 1963-08-01 aged 55 Bainbridge Island, Washington Occupation Teacher, poet, author Nationality United States Alma mater Genre Notable works The Waking, The Lost Son, , Words for the Wind Notable awards Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award Theodore Huebner Roethke ; May 25, 1908 — August 1, 1963 was an American poet.
The father was easily a drinker and a hard man maybe even abusive at times. Contradictory to the title however, the poem depicts a perplexing scene of a father drunkenly dancing his son up to bed. Theodore Roethke died of a heart attack in 1963. To better understand this poem, it helps to know that this was written in 1942, when people's activities, habits, and even the language were quite different than they are today. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother's countenance Could not unfrown itself. I think this is a memory of a small boy cavorting with his father. The information that is being detailed about the father is what I found interesting.
I attended Arthur Hill High School just as he had, but not at the same time. Since my first reading, I have studied quite a bit about this poem. In the last two stanza's, Roethke describes the vivid details of the beating. We all have fathers, whether or not we know them, and, pardon the morbidity, there's a good chance that our fathers will die before we do. What should have been easy was hard.
The waltz may be a. The feeling one get from reading this poem is that the narrator, at least at the time in which the poem is written, does not look at this experience as something bad. The speaker of this poem is a man recalling his childhood, his father and his mother through the means of a waltz. The pool was later filled in and is now a , which can be viewed by the public at the , a 150-acre 60 hectare former private estate. One would think that a smile would be more appropriate. The reader can possibly be drawn by the poet to experience their own memories, emotions, and experiences in similar situations.
Our emotions of this poem seem to follow this same path as we can see comforting and frightening images at the same time in this poem making us go in circles on whether this poem is about a boy dancing with his father, or a boy fighting his father. It can be seen as a child terrorized by an abusive father or a child having a playful romp with his father before bedtime. The reader can interpret the poem however they see fit. You may need to read through at least three times before starting any serious analysis. Make notes as you go along just in case you forget something important.
All in all, I think this is a wonderfully written and meaningful poem. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. The theme of this poem was the ambiguous nature of family relationships. The setting of the poem is very important to understand key elements that the poet is trying to express. To me I think it was just a boy who just wanted to spend time with his dad before he has to go to bed.
I am a hearing learner so listen to the poem made it easier for me to comprehend it. The waltz is a metaphor that represents the relationship the boy has with his father. My Papa's Waltz is made an intriguing poem, partly because of its ambiguity. Roethke Auditorium Kane Hall 130 at the University of Washington is named in his honor. The father is the leader in this situation, showing dominance over his child.
The ambiguity in this poem can lead to two very different interpretations. In the first two stanzas, a very young Roethke tells of his drunken father dancing with him in the kitchen. His family had their own green house where his papa father used to work. As you can see the poem does not suggest an abusive environment, but is a strong bond of love and playfulness between father and son. My Papa's Waltz is one of Theodore Roethke's best known poems.