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Reader's Response 1 My Papa's Waltz-A Reader's Response Regina Nichols ENG125 5/2/2011 Instructor Duff
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My Papa's Waltz 2 This is the recollection of a son’s bonding experience through a playful dance, referred to as a “waltz”, which occurred often with his father. The son is now a man and his father has passed away. The mood is poignant, reminiscent, elegiac, somber and even celebratory. His father was a hard worker, a good provider, a loving husband and devoted father. Theodore Roethke writes “The whiskey on your breath/ Could make a small boy dizzy” (1-2). His father has stopped off at the local bar on the way home to unwind after a long day of manual labor. Liquor exudes from his face as he reaches down and whisks up his boy to dance with him. “But I hung on like death” (3) the boy anticipates, excited, grasping tightly having to brace himself for he knows what is about to happen. The waltzing “was not easy”(4) since the father stumbled and staggered from drunkenness. They “romped until the pans/ slid from the kitchen shelves” (5-6) create the imagery of dancing carefree with wild abandonment. The boy grips tightly as if he
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This note was uploaded on 08/12/2011 for the course ENG 122 taught by Professor Banks during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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