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Hale Scheckelhoff English 112 Bradshaw Inquiry 1 Draft For the close reading inquiry I chose to analyze the poem My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke. This poem seems very upfront with the idea of abuse coming from the father from his drunkenness but I am struggling with who the narrator is whether that be a mother or child of the father. Mother’s countenance makes me think the narrator is the wife of the “papa”, but the phrase walked me to bed makes me think it is a child of the father, especially as it says boy in the second line of the poem. Many of the words I had difficulty translating where: romped=argued, countenance=face or facial expression, waltzing=drunken stumbling, and caked hard with dirt= old beaten hands that endured manual labor. The poem paints the picture of the two arguing in the house and the father being very drunk and pacing the room. The father has already beaten the narrator and continues to hit the narrator with his knuckles and belt. The narrator is unhappy with the situation, but continues to cling to the shirt as if to still be connected to the abusive father. It
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course BUS 101 taught by Professor Rollins during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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