My Papa's Waltz

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Wallace 1 Joe Wallace Professor Garfinkle English 110 13 October 2009 Title Every child’s experience with its parents growing up is different. This experience has a deep impact on how that child matures and grows to view the world around them. As a young child, one’s relationship with their parents is all-important. Their lives depend on the decisions their parents make whether good or bad. In many cases, a young boy has his father to look up to and teach him about anything that comes across his mind. In the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, a man looks back on his childhood and his personal experience with his father at that time. The Author is writing about his personal experience with his own father, recalling the way he and his father used to interact with each other. Although some people can indeed see some negative aspects to the father and son’s relationship, the boy’s overall experience with his father was undeniably a positive one. There are many aspects to “My Papa’s Waltz” that many people key in on and rightfully believe the boy had a rough relationship with his father. The fact that alcohol is heavily involved in this poem makes it complicated to analyze its true meaning. The very first line of the poem, “The Whiskey on your breath” (Roethke 1), gives it somewhat of a negative connotation especially dealing with young children. Right from the start the
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course ENGLISH 132 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at UCSB.

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