Irwin 1998 feels sad because he lost his father the

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water I'm not sure is there.” ( Irwin, 1998) Feels sad because he lost his father. The mood of the poem has stayed the same until the end. The poem My Papa’s Waltz” ( Roethke, 1942) is about a son remembering a time when his father came home drunk and they were dancing. The mood seems to be excited like even though the father smells of whiskey the boy is excited to be dancing with his father. The poem starts with “The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy” shows that his father is very drunk and he is feeling woozy from the strong smell. “But I hung on like death” ( Roethke, 1942) is a simile that shows hard it was for the boy to hold because the strong alcohol smell makes him woozy. “We romped until the pans Slid from the
kitchen shelf” ( Roethke, 1942) sounds like they were having so much fun and making such a commotion it caused pans to fall. “My mother’s countenance Could not unfrown itself” shows that his mother is annoyed they are making such a mess of her kitchen. “At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle” ( Roethke, 1942) also shows how drunk his father is because he’s pretty clumsy and causes his ear to keep scraping against his belt buckle. “You beat time on my head” ( Roethke, 1942) could mean that again his father is so drunk and caught up in the dancing that he doesn’t realize he is hurting him. “Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt” (

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