my papa's waltz response

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Ruth Bryan Dr. Doug Sonheim English Studies February 4, 2008 “My Papa’s Waltz” Response Roethke’s My Papa’s Waltz can be viewed in two very distinct ways, either as child abuse, or an intimate moment between father and son. Rovelli’s response discusses these two interpretations and ultimately settles on the fact that the author’s particular word choice and tone lead him to believe that it is indeed a “father/son pre-bedtime roughhouse.” Rovelli suggests that although Roethke states in the first stanza that he “hung on [to his father] like death” and that “waltzing was not easy,” “a waltz should be performed with ease, not in a difficult manner where the child must hang on like death.” Rovelli continues to remind us that in each stanza the imagery that would lead our thoughts to child abuse can also just be a display of love from one unaccustomed to showing it any other way. As Rovelli states in his closing paragraph, “this negative imagery [beating time on his head] is neutralized by positive imagery in the last two
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Sonheim during the Spring '08 term at Ouachita Baptist.

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