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Unformatted text preview: Poetry Response “My Papa's Waltz” Gwen Day At first, I thought this poem was about child abuse. I read the first sentence as the father was drunk and that he was abusive. Words like battered and beat confused me because to me, they have darker connotations. However, those words do not have these negative connotations. Instead, they do not change the overall theme of the poem: a father and child sharing a loving memory. Yes, the dad may be a little tipsy or not at all, but he is dancing with his child when he just got home from a hard day's work. The poem shows the father as a hard worker through the lines “was battered on one knuckle” and “with a palm caked in dirt”. He is either a farmhand, construction worker, or mechanic because his job is his hands. All of these jobs require very strenuous work. My dad leaves before I wake up and gets home right before dinner, but he has always been there for me. When I was little, he would take me riding in his jeep and I would feel like the luckiest kid in for me....
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Day during the Fall '12 term at Cooper Union.
- Fall '12